A New Terror Tactic?

Regional Muslim militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI)—blamed for bombings across the region, including the devastating attack in Bali a year ago—appears to be on a chilling new tack in its fight to establish an Islamic state in Southeast Asia: slaughtering Christians, in the hope of reigniting murderous inter-religious conflict in Sulawesi.

The Indonesian island has long been a cauldron of Muslim-vs.-Christian violence. More than 1,000 people were killed there from 1999 to 2001. After at least a year and a half of calm, masked gunmen recently murdered 12 Christian villagers in two attacks, with most of the killings...

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