Indonesia launches military exercises to guard against security threats from ISIS

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has launched military exercises in the eastern island of Sulawesi, a haven for radical Islamists, as part of broader efforts to crack down on militants with suspected links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, officials said on Tuesday.

Television footage showed the military firing rockets in remote, mountainous central Sulawesi as part of the exercises. The drills come amid heightened government concerns over a rising number of Indonesians pledging loyalty to ISIS and trying to join the group fighting in Iraq and Syria.

“ISIS is a potential security threat … so we’re preparing our forces to respond to that,” said military spokesman Major General Mochamad Fuad Basya.

He described the exercises as routine and said similar drills would be held elsewhere in Indonesia. “The target is to make sure our forces are ready for any threat …

and for a deterrent effect to radicals in that area,”he said.

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