INDONESIA: Al-Qaeda's New Proving Ground

Why Indonesia has become a hotbed of jihad. Does the government have the nerve to clamp down?

Until the moment their world came apart on Oct. 12, the surfers and club kids who flocked to the idyllic resort of Bali had little reason to believe they were in any particular danger. The U.S. had issued a general travel advisory about increased al-Qaeda activity around the globe. But the possibility that terrorists would strike Bali, a Hindu island in mostly Muslim Indonesia, seemed so remote that several officials from the U.S. embassy in Jakarta decided to spend their Columbus Day weekend there; one of them was relaxing just outside the Sari Club an hour before it blew up.


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