Jemaah Islamiyah - updates

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Indonesia arrests leader of Al Qaeda-linked extremist network

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Indonesian police say Para Wijayanto, a long-time leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, is involved in the 2002 Bali bombings

ARRESTED. Indonesian police show photographs of leader Para Wijayanto and various seized items, at a press conference in Jakarta on July 1, 2019. AFP Photo

Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site anger Australia

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Developers were granted permission to build on the site of the destroyed Sari Club in December last year

IN MEMORY. A foreign tourist looks at the name of victims on a monument for the Bali bombing at Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 23, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP

New ISIS emir? Get to know Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The alleged new head of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia is a former member of Darul Islam Sabah network, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

We tell the story of a family behind a homegrown terrorist group that most effectively spread the ISIS ideology in the Philippines

Hapilon's close aide arrested in Zamboanga City

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Hamsi Amajad Marani of the Abu Sayyaf Group is a bomber trained by an Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah bomb expert says the military

ARRESTED. Abu Sayyaf Group member Hamsi Amajad Marani is arrested in Zamboanga City by military and the police on June 17, 2017. Photo from Western Mindanao Command PIO

Terrorism and ISIS at Resorts World attack?

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:44 AM

Key to analyzing the threat accurately is understanding terror networks in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian terror mastermind to stay at Guantanamo – US

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Indonesian militant Riduan Isamuddin better known by his nom de guerre Hambali still represents a significant threat to the security of the United States

This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows the razor wire-topped fence and a watch tower at the abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Key figure in Indonesia terrorism loses legal appeal

Aug 04, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Abu Bakar Bashir s legal team argues funds he collected are intended to help people in the Palestinian territories but ended up getting sent to the Aceh group without his knowledge The Supreme Court rejects the appeal citing a lack of new evidence

Hundreds turn out to support convicted Indonesian terrorist

Jan 26, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Abu Bakar Bashir is seeking a judicial review of the conviction passed in 2011

SUPPORTING ABU BAKAR BASHIR. Supporters (R) of Indonesia's spiritual leader of militant Islam, Abu Bakar Bashir, shout slogans while police (front L) stand guard during Bashir's court appearance in Cilacap, in Central Java, on January 12, 2016. Photo by Muhammad Azka/AFP

Rappler Talk: ISIS in Southeast Asia

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:12 PM

Why should Southeast Asia be alarmed over ISIS?

4 hal yang perlu kamu tahu tentang ISIS di Indonesia

Nov 23, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Pusat rekrutmen ISIS di Asia Tenggara adalah Indonesia Dan mengapa kaum wanita lebih tertarik bergabung dengan ISIS sekarang?

4 things you need to know about ISIS in Indonesia

Nov 23, 2015 - 8:25 AM

The threat posed by ISIS in Southeast Asia is comparatively small but real and it has the potential to become larger if not addressed properly ISIS reinvigorated existing terror networks in the region

Does the MILF really have ties with terrorists?

Mar 07, 2015 - 10:00 AM

A report by Indonesia based think tank Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict sheds light on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front s alleged terrorist links

Marwan status, Bongbong diploma, Harrison Ford accident | The wRap

Mar 06, 2015 - 7:49 PM

A think tank says Marwan was never a top level terrorist Oxford confirms Bongbong Marcos did not complete a bachelor’s degree Harrison Ford survives a plane crash

Rappler Talk: The Marwan manhunt and its impact on the peace process

Mar 06, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Was Marwan really the dangerous terrorist he was made out to be?

PH military hunts 'coddled' most-wanted bombmaker

Mar 02, 2015 - 12:26 AM

The military believes Abdul Basit Usman is being sheltered by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters which has vowed to support jihadist group ISIS

Photo of Abdul Basit Usman from the US State Department Rewards for Justice website

TRANSCRIPT: Senate hearing on Mamasapano clash, Day 2 (Feb 10)

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:15 AM

On the second day of the Senate hearing the military and the police trade barbs on operational problems that led to 44 casuaties on the government side while peace advocates staunchly defend the peace deal with the MILF

MAMASAPANO PROBE. Police Deputy Dir General Leonardo Espina, PNP OIC, during the Senate's second hearing on the bloody 'Oplan Exodus.'

EXCLUSIVE: Marwan’s ties that bind: From family to global terrorism

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:30 AM

In 2002 authorities around the world didn t know the role of Marwan in terror networks Looking back we can piece together the ties that bind him and his family to local and global terror plots

Aquino accepts Purisima resignation, Mar on Purisima, TransAsia hero | The wRap

Feb 05, 2015 - 11:27 PM

President Aquino accepts the resignation of police chief Alan Purisima Mar Roxas denies asking President Aquino to fire Purisima And experts call the pilot of the Taiwanese plane a hero

PNP-SAF, jihadists in Jordan, TransAsia plane crash | The wRap

Feb 04, 2015 - 8:55 PM

A DNA test confirms the Special Action Force killed Malaysian terrorist Marwan The blame game is on between the Philippine military and the Special Action Force Jordan executes jihadists to avenge a pilot burned alive

EXCLUSIVE: Marwan’s ties that bind: Ren-Ren Dongon

Feb 04, 2015 - 6:12 PM

UPDATED Marwan evades arrest for more than a decade and marries into at least 3 families one of them notorious for uniting at least 3 terrorist groups

BROTHER-IN-LAW. Ren-Ren Dongon is among Marwan's Filipino brothers-in-law

EXCLUSIVE: Marwan’s ties that bind: Aljebir Adzhar aka Embel

Feb 02, 2015 - 6:54 PM

Anyone familiar with special forces operations knows of the often dangerous rivalry between the Philippine military and the police – a rivalry that has killed those caught in the middle and foiled numerous operations

MOST WANTED: Top Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist 'Marwan' is the target of the PNP-SAF operation in Maguindanao

UN official: No evidence of ISIS in the Philippines

Dec 14, 2014 - 9:32 PM

Although the terror has not yet reached the Philippines UN officials caution the government to stay on guard

ISLAMIC STATE? Screenshot of Youtube video showing senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swearing allegiance to ISIS

ISIS' allure causes worry in Southeast Asia

Sep 30, 2014 - 3:54 PM

Terrorism analysts are increasingly concerned that volunteers could import the organization s violent ideology or inspire supporters back home to carry out deadly attacks

A file photo showing Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014 - 10:43 AM

How Indonesians lost their direct local voting rights why SaveSpongebob is trending in Indonesia a governor allegedly caught red handed exchanging bribes and more

TOO VULGAR? Japanese anime character Crayon Shin-chan who regularly displays his naked buttocks will be censored in Indonesia after regulators criticized it as ‘somewhat pornographic’.’ Photo by Thoshifumi Kitamura/AFP

US slaps sanctions on 12 'terrorist' group supporters

Sep 26, 2014 - 9:28 AM

The sanctions would see any US assets belonging to those affected frozen while any transactions with US persons would be prohibited

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Cia Pak/UN Photo

Indonesia's president satisfied on leaving office

Aug 26, 2014 - 11:47 AM

I leave my office with a sense of satisfaction that I have tried to do my best to serve the nation and that at the end of my 10 years in office Indonesia is a stronger nation a stronger democracy and a stronger economy Yudhoyono says

FINAL ADDRESS. Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivers his annual speech in front of members of parliament at the parliamentary building in Jakarta on August 15, 2014, ahead of Independence Day on August 17. Yudhoyono steps down on October 20. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

Rappler Newscast | August 6, 2014

Aug 06, 2014 - 8:33 PM

Why not? Aquino sisters open to endorsing Binay Top terrorist Marwan still alive Argentina activist finds stolen grandson after 35 years

After 2 years, PH military says 'killed' terrorist leader likely alive

Aug 06, 2014 - 6:09 PM

Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa reported in 2012 that Marwan escaped the airstrike – a joint operation with the US – that targeted him and fellow JI leaders

BLAST SITE. Sitio Lanao Bato, Sulu. Picture taken at 12:12pm on February 2, 2012

PH military downplays Abu Sayyaf allegiance to ISIS

Aug 06, 2014 - 6:01 PM

Intelligence chief Major General Eduardo Año says it may be an Abu Sayyaf ploy to seek financial help

LOYALTY TO THE ISLAMIC STATE. Senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swears allegiance to ISIS

Indonesia bans ISIS, fights it on various fronts

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:45 PM

Every effort to spread ISIS ideology must be prevented There is no place for such ideology in Indonesia Indonesia is not an Islamic state

SUPPORTERS. Image tweeted by user @allyn3237 on June 20, 2014, of a pro-ISIS rally in Jakarta.

Don't join ISIS, religious affairs minister tells Indonesians

Aug 01, 2014 - 10:38 PM

A video recently released by the jihadist group titled shows a group of men most of whom are carrying rifles exhorting Indonesians to join them

JOIN THE RANKS. Screengrab from a YouTube video uploaded on July 23, 2014, showing Indonesians inviting their fellow citizens to join the ISIS.

Support ISIS, jailed Indonesian terror leader tells followers

Jul 14, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Abu Bakar Ba asyir the spiritual leader of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah also aims to establish a caliphate

PREACHING FROM PRISON. Muslim Cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir (C) is serving a 15-year sentence for terrorist acts. The United States has formally included hard-line Islam group Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT), an extremist organization founded by Ba'asyir in 2008, on its list of foreign terror networks. File photo by EPA

Rappler Newscast | June 23, 2014

Jun 23, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada is jailed for the second time Influential jihadist is in the Philippines Egypt sentences Al Jazeera journalists to prison

'Dead' top Filipino militant is alive and a threat – military

Jun 21, 2014 - 10:01 PM

Abdel Basit Usman is on the US government s list of most wanted terrorists described a bomb making expert and the State Department offered an 1 million reward for information leading to his arrest in 2009

File photo of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) standing guard during a clandestine press conference at Camp Omar, in the town of Datu Unsay in Maguindanao. August 2011. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

ISIS online cheerleader Musa Cerantonio spotted in PH

Jun 21, 2014 - 5:50 PM

[Exclusive] Melbourne born the 29 year old jihadist has been staying in the Philippines for nearly a year He has been seen in Manila Cebu and Zamboanga according to Rappler’s sources

Southeast Asian recruits join jihadist ISIS

Jun 19, 2014 - 12:06 PM

Intelligence sources estimate about 200 Australians 50 Indonesians 20 Malaysians at least 1 Filipino 1 Singaporean have gone to fight the jihad in Syria

'Slain bomber more valuable alive than dead'

Dec 18, 2012 - 10:10 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte commended the local police force and other state security forces which failed a bombing attempt and killed a suspected Malaysian member of the Jemaah Islamiyah

DCPO chief Ronald dela Rosa (right) demonstrates to Mayor Sara Duterte how he attempted to take down Mohd Noor Fikrie Bin Abd Kahar. Photo courtesy of Karlos Manlupig.

Suspected JI bomber killed in Davao

Dec 15, 2012 - 11:36 AM

Malaysian Mohd Noor Fikrie Bin Abd Kahar was shot in a restaurant after he threatened to detonate a bomb through a mobile phone

Military says Indonesian militant killed

Nov 23, 2012 - 10:22 PM

The Philippine Army said it had killed an Indonesian Islamic militant Ustadz Sanusi who was allegedly involved in beheading 3 Christian schoolgirls

Bali bombing victims search for closure 10 years on

Oct 11, 2012 - 4:04 PM

A decade after suicide bombers brought carnage to Indonesia s resort island of Bali survivors have returned to the scene for a commemoration service with many determined to finally banish memories of an atrocity that left 202 dead

This picture taken on October 9, 2012 shows Jan Laczynski, a relative of victims, laying an angel doll at the 2002 Bali Bombing memorial in the Kuta tourist area near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. A decade after suicide bombers brought carnage to Indonesia's resort island of Bali, survivors have returned to the scene for a commemoration service on October 12, 2012 with many determined to finally banish memories of an atrocity that left 202 dead. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO

2 JI leaders now in MILF territory - reports

Jul 17, 2012 - 3:59 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Two top terrorist leaders are said to be hiding in Lanao del Sur a known MILF stronghold This poses a new challenge to the peace process

Indonesia's 'Demolition Man' to testify on Bali bombings

May 07, 2012 - 7:51 AM

Known terrorist Umar Patek is to testify on Monday on his role in the 2002 Bali bombings

Lessons from hotel attacks

Apr 09, 2012 - 11:02 AM

Since 2001 there have been more terrorist attacks against hotels than any other industry

Indonesia's evolving terror networks

Apr 02, 2012 - 4:48 PM

Recent raids in Indonesia point to a pattern that can be linked to one social network of terror

US smart bombs used in Sulu attack

Mar 26, 2012 - 3:12 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] The US has delivered at least 22 smart bombs to the Philippine military for use vs Abu Sayyaf and JI terrorists

Back in early February the Armed Forces of the Philippines reported that 2 top Jemaah Islamiyah leaders were killed in a bombing operation in Sulu. The incident was reported globally and hailed as a great victory. On February 22 however Rappler reported that the two JI leaders were still alive, the report was corroborated by a March 13 report on the New York Times. Piecing together information from intelligence and military sources in 3 different countries Rappler explains how the two were able to get our alive.

How 2 JI terrorists survived bomb attack

Mar 21, 2012 - 10:02 AM

Intelligence reports from at least 3 different countries contradict the Philippine military s claim that 2 top Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists died in Sulu

BOMBED.The blast site at Sitio Lanao Bato, Sulu. Photo taken by authorities at 12:12 pm, February 2.

Even without proof of terrorists' deaths, Gazmin hails AFP 'success'

Feb 07, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Earlier the AFP itself admitted it has not seen the bodies of the terrorists reportedly killed