November 12, 2005


Indonesia steps up militant hunt (BBC, 11/12/05)

Indonesia has launched a massive police hunt for Malaysian militant Noordin Mohammad Top after his close associate, Azahari Husin, was killed on Wednesday.

Thousands of officers joined the hunt after police narrowly missed catching him in the town of Semarang, in Java.

Azahari and Noordin Mohammad Top are key figures in Jemaah Islamiah (JI), blamed for a string of bombings including the 2002 Bali attacks. [...]

Noordin Mohammad Top is believed to be one of JI's key recruiters and financers, and has been accused of involvement in the 2003 attack on Jakarta's JW Marriott hotel, and a bombing on the Australian embassy in 2004.

"Our goal is now to apprehend Noordin Mohammad Top and uncover other terrorist networks," said Indonesian police chief General Sutanto.

how mnany times after 9-11 did you hear a talking head proclaim that we have to get lucky every day and the terrorists only have to get lucky once? The reality is the opposite. Having established that everyone but Spain is only steeled by such attacks, we only have to get lucky once to grab these guys, while they have to be lucky every day to evade us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 12, 2005 9:59 AM
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