Indonesia fails to agree on truce with rebels (31/01/2005) #9904
ABC AUSTRALIA, 31/01/2005, 09:04:54
Indonesia says it has been unable to agree on ceasefire terms with separatist rebels
from tsunami-hit Aceh at talks in Finland, which ended a day early.
Baasyir Walks Out of Terror Trial (31/01/2005) #9898
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 27, 2005 09:24 PM
Laksamana.Net - Radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Baasyir walked out of his terrorism
trial in Jakarta on Thursday (27/1/05) to protest the reading of witness interrogation
records identifying him as the leader of regional terrorism network Jemaah Islamiyah.
Bali Bomber Denies Baasyir Blessed Attacks (22/01/2005) #9891
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 21, 2005 02:27 PM
Laksamana.Net - Prosecutors attempting to prove radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar
Baasyir guilty of inciting terrorism suffered another setback when a man convicted
over the Bali nightclub bombings testified the defendant was not involved in the deadly
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 463 (21/01/2005) #9890
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, 20 January 2005
PROTEST BY MUSLIM LEADER - The prohibition that was issued by provincial
police chief Aditya Warman to hold any commemoration on January 19th - the day
when the conflict erupted in Ambon six years ago - was not welcome among Muslim
leaders in Ambon and evoked sharp protest from the chairman of the Badan Immarah
Muslim Maluku (BIMM), KH Ali Fauzi.
Indon army claims 120 Aceh rebels killed since tsunami (21/01/2005) #9889
ABC AUSTRALIA, 21/01/2005, 09:10:30
The Indonesian army says soldiers have killed at least 120 separatist rebels in
tsunami-hit Aceh province despite a ceasefire agreed after the tsunami disaster.
Guterres Denies Forming Militia in Aceh (20/01/2005) #9885
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 19, 2005 11:32 AM
Laksamana.Net - Eurico Guterres, the notorious former leader of pro-Indonesia militias
in East Timor, has denied a report that he visited Aceh to establish a paramilitary
group to fight the province's separatist rebels.
Militia leader denies targeting Aceh rebels (20/01/2005) #9884
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 19, 2005
By Philip Cornford, Herald Correspondent, in Banda Aceh, Cynthia Banham and
agencies. The infamous former pro-Indonesian militia commander in East Timor,
Eurico Guterres, yesterday denied he had visited Banda Aceh to organise a militia to
fight against rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, known as GAM.
Radical Islamic groups in Indonesia (20/01/2005) #9883
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:07 p.m. PT
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - JEMAAH ISLAMIYAH: A loose network of Islamic
militants extending across Southeast Asia, composed mostly of Indonesian nationals
trained in Afghanistan and Indonesia's eastern Maluku islands.
Give and take of tragedy: Islamic group in Indonesia (20/01/2005) #9882
offers aid and courts support
CBSNews, Tuesday January 18, 2005
By BRIAN MURPHY, AP Religion Writer. BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) An Islamic
group with suspected links to al-Qaida is on a dual mission across this devastated
corner of Indonesia: collecting the dead and seeking new followers among the
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 462 (19/01/2005) #9881
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, 19 January 2005
NO COMMEMORATION OF JANUARY 19, 1999 - Learning of a planned
commemoration of the fateful January 19th 1999, start of the bloody protracted
religious, ethnic and political conflict in the Moluccas, provincial Police Chief Aditya
Warman forbode such event to take place.
AP Interview: Aceh rebel commander say (18/01/2005) #9872
fighters won't hurt aid workers in Indonesia
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Tuesday January 18, 2005 1:35 AM
Rebels in Indonesia's tsunami-battered Aceh province will not attack foreign aid
workers, an insurgent commander said Monday, amid a warning of an imminent terror
attack in the region and a claim by Indonesia's military that the guerrillas may attack
Rebels Express Thanks for Aid to Acehnese (18/01/2005) #9871
The New York Times, January 17, 2005
By IAN FISHER. ANDA ACEH, Aceh, Sumatra, Jan. 16 - The rebel, dressed in
military fatigues and carrying a cellphone and an old Kalashnikov, had a message for
the scores of foreigners who have come here to help after the tsunami: You are
welcome, and we will not hurt you.
Latest JI arrests show public must remain vigilant... (17/01/2005) #9862
The Straits Times, Jan 16, 2005
THE recent detention of two more men involved with Jemaah Islamiah (JI) shows that
the threat posed by the terrorist group is still present and that the public must remain
Possessive Girlfriend Behind Bomb Scare (17/01/2005) #9859
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 15, 2005 08:56 PM
Laksamana.Net - A bomb threat that prompted the closure of the British and Thai
embassies in Jakarta was a hoax by a woman seeking to prevent her security guard
boyfriend from leaving the city, reports said Saturday (15/1/05).
Roman Catholic priest killed in Purworejo (15/01/2005) #9856
The Jakarta Post, 1/14/2005 6:51:52 PM
MAGELANG, Central Java (Agencies): Father Thomas Harsidiyono, a 50-year-old
Roman Catholic priest was murdered in the town of Purworejo in Central Java province
on Friday, Antara reported.
British, Thai Embassies Close on Bomb Threat (15/01/2005) #9854
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 14, 2005 11:01 AM
Laksamana.Net - Britain closed its embassy and consulate in Jakarta after police
said Thursday (13/1/05) they had received bomb threats for the British and Thai
Thai embassy in Indo's capital closed after bomb threat (15/01/2005) #9853
The Jakarta Post, 1/14/2005 2:04:54 PM
JAKARTA (Agencies): Thailand temporarily closed its embassy in Jakarta on Friday
after Indonesia warned of a possible bomb threat overnight, the Thai government said
Britain closes embassy in Indonesia after bomb threat (15/01/2005) #9852
The Jakarta Post, 1/14/2005 11:43:40 AM
LONDON (AFP): Britain closed its embassy in Jakarta on Thursday following a bomb
threat, the foreign ministry announced.
Government Denies Allowing Israeli Aid (15/01/2005) #9849
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 14, 2005 04:26 PM
Laksamana.Net - The Foreign Affairs Ministry has denied reports that Indonesia
allowed the Israeli government to send relief supplies to tsunami victims in Aceh and
Palestine Denies Aid Slight, Israel Donates (15/01/2005) #9848
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 14, 2005 10:22 AM
Laksamana.Net - Palestine's ambassador to Indonesia has denied complaining to a
senior Muslim official that Islamic and Arab countries were upset about not being
invited to the recent disaster relief summit in Jakarta.
Bomb alert at Jakarta embassies (14/01/2005) #9847
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 14, 2005 - 6:14AM
Britain closed its embassy in Jakarta today following a bomb threat, the foreign
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 461 (14/01/2005) #9846
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, 13 January 2005
DEMONSTRATION BY BURU REFUGEES - On January 10, several hundreds of
refugees from the large island of Buru went up to the governor's office in Ambon to
vent their anger and frustration with the inertness of the government in returning them
to the town of Namlea and other places on the island of Buru, which they fled from five
Team to probe chopper crash (14/01/2005) #9845
The Jakarta Post, January 13, 2005
KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara: The Indonesian military (TNI) headquarters in Jakarta
will send a team of investigators to Maluku to probe the most recent of a series of
helicopter accidents to befall the country in the last month.
Papuan separatists on trial for treason (14/01/2005) #9842
The Jakarta Post, January 13, 2005
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura. Two Papua opposition leaders
went on trial separately on Wednesday at the Jayapura District Court for treason.
Aceh Rebels Want Peace Talks (14/01/2005) #9841
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 13, 2005 11:57 PM
Laksamana.Net - The separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) has called for peace
talks with the Indonesian government to ensure the safety of aid workers in
tsunami-ravaged Aceh province.
Indonesia tightens access to Aceh (14/01/2005) #9840
The Christian Science Monitor, January 14, 2005
By Tom McCawley | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. BANDA ACEH,
INDONESIA - The devastation wreaked on Aceh's coast by the Dec. 26 tsunami was
so great that Indonesia's fears of foreign intervention in the war-torn province were
briefly swept away.
US carrier leaves Indonesia (14/01/2005) #9839
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 13, 2005 - 9:32AM
The aircraft carrier leading the US military's tsunami relief effort has steamed out of
Indonesian waters after the country declined to let the ship's fighter pilots use its
airspace for training missions.
U.S. Sees No Friction With Indonesia on Relief Work (14/01/2005) #9838
The New York Times, January 13, 2005
By DAVID STOUT. WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 - The Bush administration said today that
contrary to earlier reports, the government of Indonesia did not appear to be setting a
deadline for the departure of foreign troops who have been taking part in tsunami relief
Indonesia objects, now US seeks clarification (14/01/2005) #9837
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 13, 2005 - 5:24PM
The United States wants "clarification" from Indonesia about restrictions on foreign
operations in the tsunami-ravaged area of Sumatra, including on US military units
ferrying relief supplies to victims.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 460 (13/01/2005) #9834
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, 12 January 2005
HELICOPTER CRASHES; NARROW ESCAPE GOVERNOR C.S. - On Tuesday,
January 11, the island of Wetar (North of Timor Lorosae / East Timor) was visited by
the Governor of the Moluccas Province, Karel Albert Ralahalu. He was on a tour,
dropping in at several locations as far as Kupang and Atambua.
Governor, VIPs survive chopper crash (13/01/2005) #9833
The Jakarta Post, January 12, 2005
Yemris Fointuna, The Jakarta Post, Kupang. An Army helicopter carrying a number of
top local officials crashed in Maluku province on Tuesday, after its tail hit a building
during takeoff, the military said.
Arming Muslims in Ambon case for March (13/01/2005) #9830
DAILY EXPRESS NEWS, 11 January, 2005
Tawau: An Indonesian on trial for illegal possession of firearms believed meant for
Muslims in Ambon will know the outcome of his case on March 24.
Helping Aceh's Other Disaster (13/01/2005) #9829
The Christian Science Monitor, January 13, 2005
By The Monitor's View. Before the tsunami hit Indonesia's province of Aceh, that
northern tip of Sumatra already had its own ongoing disaster: a decades-long conflict
between thousands of pro-independence rebels and tens of thousands of Indonesian
troops - with Aceh's 4.2 million civilians caught in the middle.
Damien Kingsbury: Growing doubts on Aceh's relief effort (13/01/2005) #9827
The Australian, January 12, 2005
THE arrival in Aceh of militant Islamic fundamentalist groups has raised the prospect
of conflict with foreign aid workers and troops, including Australians, who are helping
the tsunami relief operation. Indonesian and Australian authorities have claimed the
Islamist organisations do not pose an immediate threat, and that the Indonesian
military (TNI) can provide sufficient security.
Heli transporting Maluku governor crashes on Wetar island (12/01/2005) #9821
The Jakarta Post, 1/11/2005 4:22:35 PM
KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara (Antara): A helicopter transporting Maluku Governor
Karel Alberth Rala Halu and Patimura Military Commander Brig. Gen. Syarifuddin
crashed on Wetar island, Southwest Maluku, on Tuesday.
Islamists will protect aid workers (12/01/2005) #9817
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 12, 2005
By Lindsay Murdoch, Herald Correspondent in Banda Aceh. Radical Muslims
yesterday vowed to protect Australians and other aid workers helping tsunami victims
in Aceh, angrily denying they opposed the foreign presence in the devastated
Aid workers relying on Indonesian protection (12/01/2005) #9816
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 11, 2005
By Cynthia Banham, Mark Metherell and Malcolm Brown. The Federal Opposition has
raised concerns about the security of Australian troops and aid workers in the
tsunami-hit Aceh province, branding as "unusual" the decision to allow the Indonesian
Army to provide the only protection for Australia's unarmed relief contingent.
Australia plays down risk of militant attacks... (11/01/2005) #9814
ABC AUSTRALIA, 11/01/2005, 18:42:42
Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, has played down concerns Australian
soldiers and aid workers in the tsunami-devastated Indonesian province of Aceh could
be targeted by Islamic militants.
Military Expels Some Mujahidin From Aceh (11/01/2005) #9813
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 11, 2005 04:37 AM
Laksamana.Net - The radical Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) says 19 of its 206
members "conducting relief work" in Aceh have been expelled from the province by
the Indonesian Air Force.
PKS Wants Foreign Troops Removed (11/01/2005) #9812
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 11, 2005 04:33 AM
Laksamana.Net - The Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has demonstrated
the extent of its compassion for the suffering survivors of the Aceh tsunamis by
demanding that foreign military personnel assisting with relief operations leave the
province within a month.
Separatist conflict poses risk to relief effort in Aceh (11/01/2005) #9811
The Christian Science Monitor, January 11, 2005
By Tom McCawley | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. JAKARTA,
INDONESIA - The sound of gunfire rang out in the cool air of the city of Banda Aceh
last Sunday, shattering the predawn peace. It was a stark reminder to hundreds of aid
workers in the rubble-strewn city that they are working in a conflict zone.
Rebels Say Militant Groups FPI & MMI in Aceh (11/01/2005) #9809
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 10, 2005 04:03 AM
Laksamana.Net - The Free Aceh Movement (GAM) says two Java-based militant
Islamic groups, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Indonesian Mujahidin
Council (MMI), have entered Aceh and their presence will only increase the suffering
of the province's people.
Relief workers face danger in Indonesia (11/01/2005) #9807
MSNBC.com, January 9, 2005 1:29 p.m. ET
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's military said Sunday that it had reports that
separatist rebels were infiltrating refugee camps in tsunami-stricken Aceh province
and warned relief workers to take extra care, the state news agency Antara reported.
Militants join Aceh relief bid (11/01/2005) #9806
The Australian, January 08, 2005
Stephen Fitzpatrick and Banda Aceh. MILITANT Islamic groups are rushing to join the
relief effort in Aceh but deny they have any plans for holy war in the devastated
Indonesian province - despite at least two of them bearing the provocative word
mujaheddin in their names.
Aid officials won't scale back efforts because of (11/01/2005) #9804
radical Islamic group in Indonesia, but are taking precautions
SFGate.com, Friday, January 7, 2005
CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer. Aid officials said Friday they would not
scale back relief efforts on Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Sumatra island, despite
security fears raised by the presence of an extremist Islamic group with alleged links
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 459 (08/01/2005) #9801
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, January 7, 2005
HOMOGENITY VS. HETEROGENITY - Most places in the Moluccas and North
Moluccas used to be heterogeneous: a mixed population of muslims and christians.
The conflict that erupted between muslims and christians in 1999 caused muslims to
flee from places with a christian majority and vice versa. This situation has more or
Indonesia rejects US spy rumours (08/01/2005) #9800
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 8, 2005 - 12:29PM
The Indonesian military has moved to quash rumours that US forces delivering aid to
tsunami-wracked Sumatra are setting up a permanent military base there, a
touchstone issue that officials fear could sour goodwill toward the American relief
effort in the world's most populous Muslim country.
Aid officials won't scale back efforts because of (08/01/2005) #9799
radical Islamic group in Indonesia, but are taking precautions
San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, January 7, 2005
CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer. (01-07) 11:31 PST BANDA ACEH,
Indonesia (AP) -- Aid officials said Friday they would not scale back relief efforts on
Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Sumatra island, despite security fears raised by the
presence of an extremist Islamic group with alleged links to al-Qaida.
Oil-rich states digging deeper (08/01/2005) #9798
The Straits Times, Jan 8, 2005
RIYADH - STINGING from domestic and Western media criticism that rich Arab
countries were being too stingy in their contributions, oil-rich Gulf states have been
steadily increasing their aid pledges.
Radical group sets up relief camp in Aceh (07/01/2005) #9792
The Straits Times, Jan 7, 2005
A RADICAL Islamic group linked to the alleged leader of the regional terror group
Jemaah Islamiah (JI) has set up a relief operation in tsunami-stricken Aceh, and
regional terror expert Sidney Jones warns the group could be trying to stir up
anti-American sentiment there.
How are the jihadists receiving the tsunami coverage? (07/01/2005) #9791
MSNBC.com, January 6, 2005 4:47 p.m. ET
Walid Phares, MSNBC terrorism analyst. As soon as the news of the killer tsunami
aired, and the estimated fatalities started to escalate, most of the world reacted with
sorrow and kindness.
Human rights group says Indonesian military incompetent (07/01/2005) #9790
The Jakarta Post, January 6, 2005
The Jakarta Post, Thursday, January 6, 2005. BANGKOK (DPA): The Indonesian
military is hampering efforts to distribute aid to tsunami survivors in Aceh province,
denying assistance and even abusing some survivors, a regional human rights
organization is alleging.
Powell says, 'I've never seen anything like this' (06/01/2005) #9786
MSNBC.com, 9:08 a.m. ET Jan. 5, 2005
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Secretary of State Colin Powell flew over a muddy brown
moonscape of hundreds of flattened palm trees and shattered houses Wednesday
after saying the U.S. effort to help tsunami victims shows American generosity and
values in action.
Aceh Devastation Worse than War: Powell (06/01/2005) #9785
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 5, 2005 23:50:00
US State Secretary Colin Powell toured areas of disaster-ravaged Aceh province on
Wednesday (5/1/05) and vowed that his government would do its utmost to help
Indonesia following the earthquake and tsunamis that killed about 100,000 people.
Powell, Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush see tsunami horrors, (06/01/2005) #9784
assure U.S. compassion in Asia
BPNews, Jan 5, 2005
By Staff, Jan 5, 2005. BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (BP)--Indonesian Foreign Minister
Noer Hassan Wirajuda, greeting Secretary of State Colin Powell and Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush in Jakarta, said their visit to the tsunami-stricken country "reflects the
magnitude that the United States government has attached to the monstrous calamity
and its consequences."
Radicals pitch in to clean up and keep Islamic law (06/01/2005) #9783
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 6, 2005
By Matthew Moore, Herald Correspondent in Banda Aceh. Radical Islamic groups
best known for smashing bars and violent support of the jailed cleric Abu Bakar Bashir
have sent large contingents of their members to Aceh with funding provided by the
Rep.: Christians have 'phenomenal opportunity to step up' (06/01/2005) #9782
BPNews, Jan 5, 2005
By Staff, Jan 5, 2005. BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (BP)--He will never forget the lament
of a daughter crying over the body of her dead mother -- still half-buried under the
wreckage of a transit station a week after the tsunami hit.
Baasyir's Mujahidin Bound For Aceh (06/01/2005) #9781
LAKSAMANA.Net, January 4, 2005 10:33 PM
Laksamana.Net - Scores of members of suspected terrorist Abu Bakar Baasyir's
radical Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) are planning to travel to Aceh to give
"spiritual guidance" to the survivors of the deadly earthquake and tsunamis.
Bashir's group sets up branches across Indonesia (05/01/2005) #9776
The Straits Times, Dec 28, 2004
MEDAN - AN ISLAMIC extremist group led by Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir,
who is facing charges of terrorism, has set up dozens of new branches in at least
eight provinces across Indonesia.
Ichsan Malik fights for peace (05/01/2005) #9775
The Jakarta Post, December 24, 2004
A'an Suryana, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. Ambon city was like a ghost town a year
after major sectarian violence erupted in 1999.