Jakarta Attacks Jolt Indonesia to Toughen Its Counterterrorism Campaign

Jakarta Attacks Jolt Indonesia to Toughen Its Counterterrorism Campaign
Indonesian police officers near a Starbucks cafe where suicide bombers blew themselves up, Jakarta, Jan. 16, 2016 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).

On the morning of Jan. 14, a series of explosions and gunfire rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, killing eight people and injuring dozens. The attacks, which were claimed by affiliates of the self-described Islamic State, have led the government of President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, to ramp up counterterrorism efforts across Indonesia. While the Jakarta attacks made headlines all over the world, Indonesian authorities and experts have long noted the rising terrorism threat in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Several groups have been operating in the country, including one based in central Java with ties to […]

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