05 July 2017

News Story: Indonesia intensifies watch on nationals returning from Syria

by Abu Hanifah

JAKARTA, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has launched a more intensive coordinated watch on nationals returning from Syria by forcing them into a month-long de-radicalization program, following several Islamic State (IS)-related attacks that occurred in the country.

Close monitoring measures would also be applied against them by assuring domiciles, aimed at easing the efforts to tracking down suspects involving in possible attacks.

"Soon after they arrived here, we will identify them first and bring them to the de-radicalization program center. They will undergo the program here in one month before returning to families across the country," Head of Indonesian government anti-terror desk Suhardi Alius said.

The verification process is necessary to identify nationals who were combatants in IS-related conflicts.

A number of Indonesian nationals have travelled to Syria and joined IS in the past several years.

Read the full story at Xinhua