Jemaah Islamiah documents, and interrogations of captured terrorists,
indicates that the terrorist organization has a new strategy of kidnapping and
murder. The targets are Westerners in Indonesia. The documents mention training
at least a hundred kidnappers and killers.
May 11, 2007: The four children of Jemaah Islamiah
terrorist leader Dulmatin, were captured in the Philippines. Police almost
caught Dulmatin, who has a $10 million
price on his head, who left his four kids, aged 2-9, behind. His wife was
captured last year in the Philippines, and sent back to Indonesia. Islamic
terrorists often flee with their families in tow, as it is a tradition in most
Islamic countries for family members to be arrested to get someone to
surrender. There's also the danger that families of victims of terrorist
attacks might seek revenge by attacking the terrorists family. May 10,
2007: In East Timor, Australian troops
continue to look for rebel army officer Major Alfredo Reinado. Last week, an
Australian UAV, apparently involved in the search, crashed outside the East
Timor capital. The UAV was brought down by a component failure.
May 8, 2007: A recent opinion poll finds most Indonesians
have a favorable attitude towards American companies and products, and the war
on terror. But there is still a negative attitude towards the U.S. government.