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Mohammed Jibril, the Prince of Jihad, received training from JI terrorists in Pakistan

Posted in arrested terrorists with tags , , , , on September 7, 2009 by admin

Jibril received military training from JI activists: Police | The Jakarta Post

National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri revealed that Mohamad Jibril had received military training in Pakistan, which followed the suspected terrorist’s lawyers and relatives’ repeated denial of his past whereabouts and activities,

“Jibril received military training from several Jemaah Islamiyah activists for about a year, from 1999- 2000,” Bambang said Thursday during a hearing at the House of Representatives.

“The training was conducted in Pakistan while he was studying there.”

Mohamad Jibril alias Mohamad Rizky Ardhan alias Muhammad Jibriel Abdul Rahman was arrested two weeks ago as he had allegedly played an important role in fund-raising for terrorist group led by Malaysian Noordin M. Top.

Before:
“Prince of Jihad” Mohammed Jibril, arrested.

Police is tracking terrorism funding for Jakarta bombings

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, funding, terrorist attacks with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by admin

Jakarta Post:

An police official has said the force is cooperating with foreign agencies to track down sources of funding for the July 17 bombing of two hotels in Jakarta after they found indications of Muhammad Jibril’s involvement with al-Qaeda and the bombings.

“The police are working with foreign agencies to establish the international link behind the terrorist acts,” head of counter terrorism at the Coordinating Ministry for Legal, Political and Security Affairs, Insp. Gen. (ret) Ansyaad Mbai, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Police Chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri said Friday that police had evidence of Jibril’s involvement with al-Qaeda.

“So far we have seen the preliminary signs of Jibril’s involvement with al-Qaeda. However, we should wait for more details as it may link to other groups as well.

Related:
Govt wants terrorism law amended

Before:
Prince of Jihad“, Mohammed Jibril, arrested.
Noordin’s support base.
Challenges for Indonesia.
Indonesia seeks second man who helped in terrorism funding.

Noordin’s Support Base

Posted in counterterrorism, terrorist attacks with tags , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

International Crisis Group – B95 Indonesia: Noordin Top’s Support Base

Many elements of Noordin’s support base are familiar. Although he broke away from the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation around 2004, Noordin retains an inner circle of JI militants who have been with him for the last four or five years. He can rely on many more, including teachers at JI schools and their students, to provide hiding places or logistical aid as needed. He has made repeated attempts to tap into the leadership of jihadi groups, not just JI but smaller organisations as well. In some cases, militant jihadis who want more action than their leaders may seek him out, rather than vice versa. He often manages to bring in a few family members and neighbours of those who hide him. The more systematic recruitment of foot soldiers seems to be done more by the inner circle than by Noordin himself. They recruit new youths as needed through study sessions in local mosques, or pick up young men radicalised through earlier exposure to jihadi preachers but then left behind when those preachers move on or are arrested. In every one of his operations, the suicide bombers were identified first by Noordin’s lieutenants and only afterwards met the man himself.

Challenges for Indonesia

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

A study by the International Crisis Group suggests the government pay more attention to Jemaah Islamiyah-affiliated schools that offer protection to men like Noordin M. Top, better understanding of terrorism’s international linkages and better intelligence.

Improved community policing, for one, implies reform in neighborhood bureaucracy, particularly, on the issuance of identity cards. This boils down to bureaucratic corruption as one can easily obtain a card with a fee. Since curbing this practice takes time, terrorism is here to stay.

… Terrorism cannot be fought by military force alone but by well-coordinated intelligence, elimination of a departmentalism tendency among security forces, continued attention to the government’s counter-radicalization program and by cleaning the government house of elements sympathetic to terrorism.

This is an uphill task for Yudhoyono’s new government.