Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia join forces to battle Islamic millitants
June 13,Jakarta: Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia will be setting up joint patrols to prevent Islamic militants from entering through territorial waters.
According to reports, the Indonesian military chief, Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, stated that he and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu will meet next week with their counterparts from Malaysia and the Philippines on Indonesia's Tarakan island to discuss increasing security and signing an agreement to step up joint patrols.
Indonesian authorities are concerned over the recent radicalization in Philpinnes as Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, have carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 bombings by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people in Bali. Simialrly, the developments in Marawi, which is located about 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Sangihe island in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province, is adding to its woes.
The Oslo Times International News Network