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Surge of Bombings Rock Thailand’s Troubled South

On June 15, an unprecedented number of bombings rocked the three troubled provinces of Southern Thailand, where an Islamist insurgency has been underway for more than two years and has left more than 1,300 people dead. In the course of four days, some 74 bombs... MORE

The Role of Kinship in Indonesia’s Jemaah Islamiya

On April 29, the Indonesian police raided the safe house of Jemaah Islamiya (JI) senior member Noordin Mohammed Top in Wonosobo, Central Java. Noordin, Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist, eluded capture by escaping only hours before police arrived at his hideout. Two of his trusted... MORE

Southern Thailand Still Suffering from Insurgent Violence

By April, the commander of Thailand's 4th Army, Lieut. Gen. Ongkorn, asserted that, "The situation in the three southern border provinces should improve since the militant network has been weakened by the arrest of its top members." Instead, by April the insurgency was spiking back... MORE

JI’s Two-Pronged Strategy in Indonesia

Two recent reports based on Indonesian police and intelligence sources regarding Jemaah Islamiya's (JI) changing strategies suggest that the organization continues to have a two-pronged strategy of both targeting Western interests and fomenting sectarian conflicts. While some analysts have suggested that these strategies reflect deep-seeded... MORE

Christian Converts and Islamic Terrorism in the Philippines

For several years now, the Republic of the Philippines has attracted the attention of regional and Western authorities as an emergent hub—both logistically and operationally—for cross-border jihadist extremism in Southeast Asia. Most of this focus has been directed toward the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), largely... MORE

Abu Dujana: Jemaah Islamiyah’s New al-Qaeda Linked Leader

With the death of Jemaah Islamiyah's (JI) master bomb-maker, Azahari bin Husin, there has been intense speculation over JI's current leadership, in particular the position of Amir ("spiritual leader"), which has been vacant since 2003. In recent weeks, Indonesian authorities have focused their sights on... MORE

Japan: A Target for al-Qaeda?

While surprising, Japan is a secondary target for al-Qaeda. Tokyo backed the intervention in Afghanistan and deployed a small detachment of troops to Iraq; these two moves were interpreted by Osama bin Laden as a declaration of war. On October 18, 2003, in a message... MORE