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PacNet #34 – The Changing Face of Terrorism in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian terrorism is rearing its ugly head again. Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) is reorganizing itself, after some 30 of its operatives were arrested in Indonesia, 75 in Malaysia, and 30 in Singapore over the past year. After the recent bomb blast at the Marriott in central Jakarta, Indonesia and Southeast Asia are bracing for more terrorist attacks along the lines of the Bali attack in October 2002, given the similarities in style and modus operandi between the Bali and Marriott bombs, and as the Bali and Abu Bakar Bashir trials continue in Indonesia.