The Hard Cell?

In late 2002, Thailand's prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra publicly dismissed claims that terrorists were operating inside the country's borders as "ridiculous" and "fabrications" by "crazy people." The Prime Minister may now be rethinking those words because a chain of arrests of suspected Jemaah Islamiah (JI) operatives over the past month in Thailand and in neighboring Cambodia has exposed a potentially virulent terrorist cell operating on Thai soil. In southern Thailand last week, police arrested three Thai nationals, allegedly JI members, accused of plotting a series of Bali-style car-bomb attacks on five embassies—American, Australian, British, Israeli and Singaporean—in Bangkok. According to police,...

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