“A fresh batch of Jemaah Islamiah recruits (JI) graduates from a Mindanao training camp next week, some others are being groomed in Pakistan and dozens more recruited from mosques and pesantrens in Indonesia.” This from Straits Times, with thanks to Nicolei.
It would seem to me long past time for Muslims who truly reject what these terrorist networks are doing to organize massive global efforts to stop this recruitment. Teams could be mobilized to teach potential jihad recruits that the Qur’an teaches peace, as they insist. The fact that this is not being done casts a shadow over such claims, and invites suspicion as to the bona fides of self-proclaimed moderates.
“Dr Rohan Gunaratna, associate professor at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore, and Ms Sydney Jones, head of International Crisis Group’s Jakarta chapter, said JI continues to mobilise money and remains shielded by dozens of sympathisers and will pose a significant threat this year.”
Jemaah Islamiyah “continues to draw in new recruits and the next batch will graduate from Camp Hodeibiya on Jan 15,” according to Gunaratna.
“Hodeibiya is one of the three training camps within the Abu Bakar complex in Mindanao in the Philippines. ‘Indonesia has gone against JI cells, but the group remains a legal entity in the country; the Philippines has done what it could but it needs support,’ he said. ‘The effort is not enough. The threat has not diminished.'”
Said Jones: “JI remains the largest and most dangerous terrorist organisation in South-east Asia.”