Tackling Terror

Since the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, a fragmented al-Qaeda has been relying on its associate groups in Asia, the Middle East and the Caucuses to continue its fight. Of all these groups, Jemaah Islamiah (JI), al-Qaeda's Southeast Asian and Australian arm, has been by far the most active. The countries that took it least seriously until the Bali bombings—Indonesia, Australia and Thailand—are precisely where JI has had most freedom of movement. It's not hard to deduce why Bali struck JI as an ideal target. After all, JI was more constrained in mounting an operation in Singapore and Malaysia, thanks to the...

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