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Islamic State inspiring Indonesian jihadist activity, expert Sidney Jones warns
The levels of jihadist activity in Indonesia are the highest they have been in a decade and foreigners are a key target, according to terrorism expert Sidney Jones.
Speaking at Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre in Perth, Ms Jones said it was likely there would be more violence in the short term, as Indonesia’s many groups — inspired by Islamic State (IS) — switched their focus to domestic attacks after finding it difficult to get to Syria.
“I think for the last two and half years or so, we’ve seen a focus of the groups committed to violence with getting to Syria,” she said.
“All of their energies have been on how you emigrate and join ISIS in Syria.
“Now it’s become harder to get to Syria — the Turkish border has got more tight, the Indonesians have gotten more vigilant, there’s been more prosecutions.
“The message from leading extremist groups is if you can’t get to Syria, wage war at home”.
The head of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, Ms Jones said Indonesian jihadist groups were taking their inspiration and often, orders, from Islamic State operatives in Syria.