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Flights undisturbed by fire at Soekarno-Hatta airport Flight activities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport remained normal after a fast food restaurant outside Terminal 2F caught fire early in the morning on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 August 2014 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian jet fighters hold drill in East Java Several Indonesian Air Force jet fighters held a drill in Situbondo District, East Java Province, on Wednesday during this years Joint Military Exercises. Jet fighters such as Sukhoi, F-16 and BAE Hawk flew in several maneuvers and spewed tens of bombs on a ground target in the Karang Tekok exercise range in the district.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2014 18:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two thirds of Jakarta's Senen Market destroyed by fire Thousands of kiosks were destroyed after a fire ravaged the Senen Market in Central Jakarta at dawn on Friday, an official said. The kiosks included imported secondhand cloth kiosks, silk-screening service kiosks and motorcycle repair kiosks.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 April 2014 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to improve air defense in Papua The Indonesian Air Force will improve air defense in Papua territory to avoid foreign infiltration through the airspace. The National Air Defense Commander Sector IV, Air Marshall Asnam Muhidir, said the Indonesian Air Force will establish a radar unit in Jayapura to enhance Indonesian Air Defense in the eastern region in 2015.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2014 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono encourages fire fighters in Riau President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with fire fighters in Riau here on Saturday in a bid to boost morale as they continue fighting forest and land fires that have caused haze to spread throughout the region.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 March 2014 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Squadron of F16 jets in Pekanbaru to operate in June The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) has set a target to make a squadron of 24 F16 fighter jets operational at the Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in the Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru, by June 2014.

Posted in Military @ 26 February 2014 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


T50i fighter jets strengthen Indonesian Air Force Indonesias Air Force (TNI AU) has been strengthened by new fighter jets T 50i Golden Eagle made in South Korea.

Posted in Military @ 13 February 2014 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Ministry looking to replace aging F-5 tiger fighter aircraft The Indonesian Defense Ministry announced its plan to replace the F-5 Tiger fighter aircraft with the latest generation of jet fighters such as the Russian Sukhoi Su-35.

Posted in Military @ 07 January 2014 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force holds static show in Biak The national air defense command of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, held a static air defense exhibition at the Manuhua airbase on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 23 June 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force detains US military aircraft in Aceh The Indonesian Air Force temporarily detained US military aircraft at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport here on Monday because it had no permit to fly over Indonesia`s air corridors.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 May 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two thousands officers secure Soekarno-Hatta Airport During the Labor Day or May Day, the International Soekarno-Hatta Airport at Tangerang, Banten, was secured by joint-security personnel from the National Police and Military to anticipate the anarchic actions.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 12:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Modernization of weapons not for aggression President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said modernization of weapons is not intended for aggressive purposes or initiating arms race. He made the statement here on Friday at the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the country`s defense forces.

Posted in Military @ 05 October 2012 17:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aircraft forced to land for having no flight permit A US civilian plane was forced to land at Sepinggan airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan and is being held at the Air Force base. Base commander Col Djoko Senoputro said here on Monday that the Cessna 208 with flight number N354RM was being held at the air force base.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 October 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US offers 24 F-16 fighters in grant to Indonesia The US has offered to provide additional F-16 fighter jets to Indonesia through a grant, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Wednesday. He noted that the offer was made when the defense ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Herryanto, visited the United States last week.

Posted in Military @ 15 August 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on elites to build good political tradition President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on political elites here on Monday to develop a good political tradition with regard to preventing political disturbance.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI-AU considering Taiwan`s offer to grant F-5 jet fighters The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) is considering Taiwan`s offer to grant a squadron of F-5E/F Tiger jet fighters, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Imam Sufaat said. "The offer is good and we will consider it," he told ANTARA News after a function marking the transfer of post of commander of the Air Force training command here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 12 March 2012 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Purchase of six Sukhoi jets still under negotiation Indonesia's Defense Ministry`s plan to buy six Sukhoi Su-30MK2 jet fighters from Russia is still under negotiation, the ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Heriyanto, said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 11 December 2011 03:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters rescue seven from burning building in Jakarta Seven people were rescued from a burning building in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday evening, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 August 2011 02:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army helicopter attacked while transporting shooting victim An Indonesian Army helicopter was attacked on Wednesday as it evacuated the body of a soldier who was previously killed at his military post in eastern Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 04 August 2011 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea Australian and Papua New Guinean officials said on Friday that the Manus Island detention center may be reopened, the Daily Telegraph reported.


Posted in General @ 06 May 2011 04:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina refinery fire extinguished, no plan to import extra fuel The Pertamina refinery fire in Indonesia was completely put out, five days after the initial explosion that began burning the refinery's fuel tanks.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 April 2011 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic jam caused by 'possessed' security guard A security guard impersonating a monkey on Thursday caused massive traffic congestion outside Indonesia's Communications Ministry in Central Jakarta.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 March 2011 23:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost funny effort by firefighter to rescue person from burning building The video below shows you how Jakarta firefighters, encouraged and helped by dozens if not hundreds of witnesses that do not want to know how to keep a safe distance, tries to rescue a member of the cleaning crew trapped on the fourth floor of a burning building in downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 August 2010 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beaten up in Egypt, Indonesia look at yourself! Yesterday messages appeared about four Indonesian students - students for life most likely, they were there for over six years already and still not finished - being arrested, brought to prison and beaten up heavily on the suspicion that they were members of a terrorist cell. For your information, it all happened in Egypt, not in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, especially to extinguish the fires in Sumatra.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 June 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia receives 3 Sukhoi jets from Russia The Indonesian military received three new Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia on Monday in an effort to boost defense capacity following a series of deadly accidents caused by outdated military aircraft, the Jakarta Post said. The country now has totally 7 Sukhoi fighters, all of which were purchased from Russia through a credit scheme.

Posted in Military @ 02 February 2009 01:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia delivers Sukhoi fighters to Indonesia Russia's Sukhoi aircraft company has delivered two Su-30MK2 multipurpose fighters to Indonesia, local media reported Friday. "The first two of six aircraft purchased by Indonesia have been shipped to the customer," Interfax news agency quoted the company's press service as saying.

Posted in Military @ 26 December 2008 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia a non-starter in 'arms race' Indonesia does not have the capacity to join the regional arms race flagged last week by Kevin Rudd and will instead rely on Australia's planned military build-up as part of its own defence strategy. Senior officials will travel to Australia within weeks for discussions on military hardware supplies, including the Australian manufacture of military equipment in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2008 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters battle forest fires on Sumatra Firefighters battle dozens of land-clearing forest fires on the island of Sumatra, officials told, as thick clouds of haze spread across parts of the region. Donny Osmon, head of a local firefighter agency, said that farmers and agricultural companies began setting the fires last Sunday, at the start of the dry season, to clear brush and peat lands for use as agricultural estate.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 July 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 January 2007 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court convicts 7 Papuans for killing Americans An Indonesian court on Tuesday convicted seven men of leading an armed ambush that killed two American school teachers in remote Papua province four years ago, and sentenced the alleged ringleader to life imprisonment. Chief Judge Andriani Nurdin of the Central Jakarta District Court said defendant Antonius Wamang had 'committed a gross violation of human rights for attacking civilians' and deserved harsher punishment than the 20-year sentence asked by prosecutors, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 November 2006 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to fully arm Sukhoi jet fighters The Indonesian Air Force plans to fully arm its four Russia-made Sukhoi jetfighters, which arrived here in 2004 unarmed, a report said Saturday. The program is estimated to cost 7 million U.S. dollars, reported the country's leading news website Detikcom, quoting the air force chief. "The fund is intended to buy guided missiles, rockets and bombs, " said Air Marshal Herman Prayitno.

Posted in Military @ 15 October 2006 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold Aceh elections December 11 Officials said Tuesday that Indonesia will hold landmark elections in Aceh province on Dec. 11, paving the way for former rebels to take part in the political process. The vote for governor and other local positions is the first since a peace deal a year ago ended 29 years of fighting between separatist guerrillas and government troops that left 15,000 people dead.

Posted in Elections @ 22 August 2006 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans militants from going to Mideast Indonesian police said on Monday that the government had banned Islamic militants from travelling to the Middle East or elsewhere to fight Israel. The comments by a police spokesman came after the self-styled head of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement said more than 200 militants had been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2006 15:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims in Asia protest Israeli attacks on Lebanon Muslims in Asia held angry but peaceful protests on Friday against Israel's bombardment of Lebanon, denouncing the Jewish state and demanding the United Nations take action to halt the violence. Demonstrators in Malaysia burned Israeli flags. In Indonesia they accused Israel of atrocities against civilians. In Bangladesh marchers shouted "Down with Israel.''

Posted in Protests @ 21 July 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy 8 jet fighters from Russia Indonesia plans to annually purchase two Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia during the 2006-2009 period, thus putting its total number of jet fighters at 12, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said here Wednesday. The minister said the purchase aims at anticipating possible ban by western countries of buying spare parts of military equipment.

Posted in Military @ 30 March 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt withdraws last Aceh police personnel Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province yesterday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 January 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to delay last Aceh police withdrawal Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Violence creates island of terror in Indonesia Masked, black-clad and brandishing machetes, the attackers sprang from behind a screen of tall grass and pounced on the four Christian girls as they walked to school. Within seconds, three of the teenagers were beheaded — fresh victims of violence that has turned this Indonesian island into yet another front in the terrorist wars.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Aceh rebels complete weapons handover Former rebels in Aceh completed a weapons handover on Monday under a peace pact that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars, foreign monitors said. "Today we could confirm that the (Free) Aceh Movement has offered the last of their weapons, thereby completing their commitment under the Helsinki MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)," Pieter Feith, chief of the European Union-led Aceh Monitoring Mission, told a news conference.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 December 2005 18:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nipah Island's existence threatened Chairman of Commission of VII of the House of Representatives Agusman Effendi said the government should issue an instruction to forbid any kind of illegal sand quarrying on Nipah Island as it would threaten the existence of the most distant island marking the border with Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2005 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Ministry to revise budget for arms procurement, maintenance Indonesia`s Defense Ministry will in the near future revise its budget for purchase and maintenance of military weapons and equipment of the Indonesian Armed Forces following the lifting of the US arms embargo on Indonesia last week. "The Defense Ministry and the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) will soon evaluate the condition of military weapons and equipment, and we will also consider a revision of the budget for their supply and maintenance," Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono told ANTARA during a break in a hearing with the House`s Commission I here Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 03 December 2005 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major blazes hit South Jakarta Two fires broke out in South Jakarta early Wednesday morning, causing billions of rupiah in losses and heavy traffic on the first day that offices opened after the Idul Fitri holiday. Hundreds of houses in densely populated Kebayoran Lama burned down in the first blaze, the cause of which the police and firefighters have yet to determine. No fatalities were reported in the fire.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight villas destroyed in Seminyak fire Eight Bali bungalow villas on Jalan Kunti in Seminyak were destroyed by fire early on the morning of Wednesday, September 15, 2005. According to reports in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, the inferno was started by an electrical short circuit in the Darto Bungalow, located across the road from The Villas. Despite the best efforts of local firefighters, the flames quickly spread across the thatched roof accommodation, eventually destroying 7 units at Villa Jerami, adjacent to the Darto Bugalow.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All Mandala crash passengers feared dead A passenger jet has crashed into a residential area after taking off from an airport in Medan and scores are feared dead, officials said. The Associated Press, citing a government spokesman, said all 117 people aboard were killed in Monday's crash. Video from the scene shows crews battling a huge fire, with cars and structures in flames.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala jet crashes into residential area An Indonesian passenger plane with over 100 people on board crashed into a residential area shortly after taking off from the northern city of Medan, officials said. The Mandala Airlines jet bound for Jakarta crashed minutes after take-off from Polonia airport in Medan on the island of Sumatra, said Ino, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia and rebels agree formula for Aceh peace Indonesia and Aceh rebels have agreed the formula for a peace deal to end a 30-year-old conflict that has cost 12,000 lives in the province that was laid waste by last December’s tsunami, Indonesia said on Sunday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 July 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aftershocks amid relief efforts on Nias Island Strong aftershocks rattled earthquake-devastated Nias island on Thursday as international aid flowed in and rescuers pulled survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings. At least three tremors rocked the area off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, one of them measured at 6.3 on the Richter scale by the Hong Kong observatory, causing alarm as rescue efforts and body recovery operations entered a third day.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withdraws 5 warships from disputed water The Indonesian navy withdrew five of its seven warships from the disputed water territory with Malaysia in Indonesia's Sulawesi sea, Indonesian Naval Commander for Eastern Indonesia Real Admiral Sosialisman said Tuesday. "The reason we left only two warships is because Malaysia also left two," the commander was quoted as saying by the state news agency Antara.

Posted in Politics @ 08 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends 4 F-16 jetfighters to East Kalimantan The Indonesian Air Force is stationing four F-16 jetfighters in East Kalimantan to carry out patrol duties over the Ambalat area in the Sulawesi Sea which Malaysia recently claimed as being part of its territory, the country's official news agency said Sunday. "The four jetfighters have left their base in Madiun, East Java,and will arrive in Balikpapan, East kalimantan, in the afternoon,"the Antara News Agency quoted Air Force Chief of Staff Vice Marshal Djoko Suyanto as saying at the presidential office here Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 07 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Aceh rebels make headway on peace Indonesia and Aceh separatists, thrown together after three decades of bloodshed by the tsunami that devastated the province, said on Saturday they would meet again soon to seek a peace deal to help rebuild Aceh. Government officials and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), meeting for the first time in nearly two years, said their Finnish mediators would convene another meeting "in the near future" to discuss what an Indonesian minister called "a comprehensive peace settlement."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banda Aceh battles raging fire A lack of water is preventing firefighters in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated city of Banda Aceh from getting close to a raging blaze. Firefighters say the fire, spanning at least three kilometers (1.5 miles), was possibly caused by residents burning garbage. The Associated Press reports that while no one was living in the area, about 100 former residents were in the vicinity trying to salvage belongings and looking for missing loved ones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to dispel aid corruption charges Indonesia on Tuesday moved to dispel charges that corrupt officials were siphoning off aid earmarked for tsunami-battered Aceh province, as Southeast Asian nations sought to lure back foreign tourists scared off by the disaster. Indonesia’s Health Ministry, meanwhile, significantly changed the way it tallies deaths due to last month’s waves, saying it would only count victims who have been buried and that the missing would retain that status for a full year.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New clashes kill seven in Aceh province Five suspected separatist rebels and two civilians have been killed in the latest violence in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh province, according to the military. Two of the five Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fighters were shot dead in separate encounters, Aceh military spokesman Asep Sapari said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 1,000 lose homes in Kebon Melati inferno Siti Rohayah's eyes were brimming with tears while she watched firefighters struggling to put out the fire that destroyed her home on Wednesday morning in the Kebon Melati subdistrict, Central Jakarta. The 30-year-old mother, who is expecting her eighth baby in several days, lost everything in the fire. Helped by her mother Umayah, 55, she rescued her children from the fire that quickly spread from one house to another. Her husband, Umar Faruk, was still working at the nearby Tanah Abang market when the incident took place.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 July 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes kill 15 rebels in Aceh At least 15 separatist rebels have been killed in the latest bloodshed in Indonesia's province of Aceh, where thousands have died in decades of simmering violence, the official news agency Antara reported on Wednesday. Antara, quoting army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Asep Sapari, said violence erupted between members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and security forces on Tuesday in five areas of Aceh, which lies on western tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks to heavens for help As Indonesia's haze continues to envelop parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces, Indonesian officials have - again - blamed farmers for starting fires across the country.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More paramilitaries sent to troubled Ambon, toll rises to 38 Another 100 paramilitary police have been sent to the troubled Indonesian city of Ambon as the death toll from a week of violence between Christian separatists and Muslims rose to 38. An 18-year-old man shot in the head by a sniper on Wednesday died from his wounds overnight at the Al Fatah hospital, a doctor there said. Authorities had on Saturday said that 37 people had died in a renewal of clashes which killed 5,000 over three years until a pact was signed in February 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 02 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt as explosions rock Ambon At least 13 people were injured as gun-fire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon early today after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas — Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 01 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More injured as shots, explosions heard in Ambon At least 13 people have been injured as gunfire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas -- Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Embattled Christians in Maluku fear return of Jihad fighters Christians in Indonesia's Maluku province and Christian campaigners abroad have reacted with alarm to reports that a disbanded Islamist militia may re-form and deploy to the troubled region amid a new outbreak of violence there. Indonesia's cabinet was meeting Thursday to discuss the violence. At least 36 people have been killed in the city of Ambon since Sunday, in the most serious deterioration there since thousands died between 1999 and 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosions, gunfire rock Ambon for fourth day Gunfire and explosions rocked this provincial capital on Wednesday, leaving at least eight wounded as Christians and Muslims clashed for a fourth day in Indonesia's Maluku islands. Shortly after dawn, unidentified assailants launched attacks in several districts of Ambon. Plumes of smokes could be seen rising from at least two locations, and gunfire rang out across the religiously-divided city for several hours.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes kill 12 in Papua province At least 12 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and separatist fighters in Indonesia's troubled Papua province. Eight separatists were killed and several injured after troops raided a camp in the Wamena region on Wednesday morning, an army officer told El-Shinta radio. "We launched the raid at 5am and confiscated weapons from them... It is suspected that they had been planning to carry out attacks on a regency office and local military headquarters," Colonel Agus Mulyadi said.

Posted in Violence @ 06 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police HQs may be next bombing targets Amid their aggressive campaign to arrest suspected terrorists behind the string of bombings in the country, police revealed on Wednesday that terrorists were ready to strike back, with the National and Jakarta Police Headquarters on their priority list of targets. "The suspects that we arrested earlier confessed that they already had a plan to launch another terror attack in the capital," said National Police chief of detectives, Comr. Gen. Erwin Mappaseng.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in all-out bid to crush Aceh rebels Indonesian troops are pressing ahead with a military offensive against separatists in the province of Aceh. After three months of fighting following the collapse of a peace deal, army commanders said more than 800 Muslim fighters had been killed and around 1,000 captured out of an estimated rebel force of 5,000 or fewer.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 31 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia summons US envoy over warplane incident Indonesia summoned the U.S. ambassador today over an incident last week in which a group of American warplanes made ready to fire on Indonesian jets that intercepted them in the country's airspace. Chief Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Jakarta was very concerned the U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets might have violated Indonesian air space.

Posted in Politics @ 11 July 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


F-16 jets used against separatists The Indonesian military has used two of its US-made F-16 jets as it stepped up its campaign against separatist forces in Aceh, although military officials yesterday denied reports they had bombed or fired on rebel hide-outs. Two other US-made aircraft, OV-10 Broncos, also were involved in the attacks, although air force spokesman Colonel Iskandar said he could not confirm reports they had fired 16 air-to-ground rockets in the operation.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans foreign tourists from Aceh Indonesia has banned foreign tourists from visiting war-torn Aceh while all other foreigners, including journalists, would need permission to visit the westernmost province. The ban comes after Indonesian troops shot dead a German tourist on June 4 when he did not identify himself to a night patrol. The curbs were outlined in a presidential decree, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters Tuesday. The decree took effect Monday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia declares war on corruption A joke among MNCs says that there is little point pursuing Asian contracts without a sizeable chequebook. Greasing palms is a normal part of doing business. Indonesia regularly comes off worst in transparency and corruption surveys, but the country’s trade and industry minister, Ms Rini Soewandi, says a determined drive is underway to weed out corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual in the capital The Saturday market at Pasar Aceh Central here is bustling with shoppers buying fish, fruits, meat and vegetables. Except for two policemen directing traffic – consisting mostly of motorised tricycles and mini buses – there is no uniformed personnel at the market that is one of the liveliest spots in this capital of Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Food crisis looms in troubled Aceh region Soldiers guarded trucks carrying fuel and other staples into Indonesia's Aceh province Saturday as the military warned that food was running out in parts of the region. Prices have doubled in some areas because of the dangers of traveling since Jakarta launched an offensive Monday to crush a 27-year-old separatist rebellion. On Thursday, UNICEF warned of a "grave humanitarian crisis" in the province. It said basic health services and programs for assisting poor families and their children had collapsed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Downer: 'Asia can't afford Aceh independence' Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has warned that Australia could face an unstable region if the Indonesian province of Aceh becomes independent. There have been claims unarmed civilians and children have been killed in Aceh, as the Indonesian army cracks down on rebel fighters. Mr Downer says there is no reason for Australia to intervene.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New ID cards to foil Aceh rebels Indonesia said on Saturday all civilians in Aceh province, where government forces have launched their biggest offensive in decades, will have to get new ID cards in a bid to stop separatists blending in with the population. Indonesia attacked Aceh on Monday after a five-month peace agreement with the rebels collapsed. The military says 58 rebels have been killed while officials say 23,000 civilians have fled their homes in the province on the northern tip of Sumatra.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 23000 in Aceh Flee, rebel toll at 58 Indonesia said on Friday 58 separatist rebels in Aceh province have been killed, and 23,000 civilians have fled their homes, since the military began its biggest offensive in years. An Indonesian military document, seen by reporters on Friday afternoon, listed 58 rebels killed, up from a figure of 38 given in the morning.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military takes two rebel islands in Aceh province Indonesia's military said Friday it captured two islands from separatist rebels in Aceh province, while thousands of refugees fled fighting elsewhere in the region. The military said in a statement that it had killed 58 guerrillas during the five-day offensive, up from the 38 it reported earlier Friday. The statement gave no more details, but clashes occurred in several parts of the province Friday, rebels and witnesses said. Rebels say 12 of their fighters have been killed, along with 53 civilians.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 38 Aceh rebels killed Indonesia's military said on Friday it had killed 38 rebels in Aceh province since a fresh offensive began, but added the campaign was tough and separatists were melting into the civilian population. With questions being raised over the plight of civilians, the BBC reported a witness alleging troops executed eight villagers.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels tracked in dense jungle and villages Indonesian troops fanned out in thick jungle and villages across Aceh on Thursday in search of rebels. Earlier the military said it had killed four separatists overnight, taking the total since Monday to 12. A spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) insisted no separatists had been killed and accused the military of murdering nearly 50 civilians. The military denied killing non-combatants.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees no early victory in Aceh Indonesian forces clashed Wednesday with separatist rebels in the western province of Aceh, where the military said its campaign could take up to six months. The military says it has killed 15 GAM fighters since the offensive began, while GAM has estimated 20 civilians have been killed by the operation. No independent confirmation was available.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia uses UK Hawks in Aceh offensive Indonesia launched its much-anticipated military offensive against separatists in Aceh province yesterday with displays of "shock therapy" on land, at sea and in the air. It was intended as a demonstration of what the rebels can expect from Jakarta's latest operation to crush the 27-year insurgency.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allocate $202 mln for Aceh offensive Indonesia said on Tuesday it would allocate 1.7 trillion rupiah ($202 million) from the 2003 state budget to finance the military offensive in Aceh province. The military (TNI) launched a major operation against separatist rebels in the westernmost province on Monday just hours after President Megawati Sukarnoputri put Aceh under martial law. "The funds will come from the reserve account in the budget, 1.2 trillion will be allocated to the TNI and half a trillion for the Indonesian Police," Finance Minister Boediono told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia vows to uproot Aceh rebels The head of the Indonesian army says a major offensive launched on Monday aims to destroy separatist rebels in Aceh province within six months. General Endriartono Sutarto has gone to the Acehnese capital of Banda Aceh to oversee the operations that began with fighter jets firing rockets at suspected positions of the Free Aceh Movement (Gam).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia army starts Aceh attack The Indonesian army has started action against separatist rebels in Aceh, hours after President Megawati Sukarnoputri put the province under martial law.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ACEH UNDER MARTIAL LAW; WAR LOOMS Indonesia's president put Aceh province under martial law Sunday and gave the green light for a major military assault against separatist rebels after last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo collapsed. In a decree read out by an aide, President Megawati Sukarnoputri said the refusal of Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels to accept Indonesian sovereignty over Aceh had endangered the province, requiring the imposition of martial law, effective immediately.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh security beefed up Hundreds of Indonesian troops patrolled the restive province of Aceh on Wednesday, a day before the government was expected to announce a major crackdown on separatist rebels. The Free Aceh Movement ignored a government deadline to disarm by Monday, drop its long-held claims of independence for the province and accept a regional autonomy package.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monitors pull out of Aceh More than 50 monitors - most of them from Thailand and the Philippines - have left for the nearby North Sumatran capital of Medan, according to the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre (HDC), which brokered a peace deal in the province last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta talks tough on Aceh Indonesia has threatened to resume full combat operations in restive Aceh province as fresh clashes between troops and rebels killed four people, putting yet more strain on a shaky peace pact. The security minister said the military chief would present a battle plan to the president next week -- in case it should be needed -- after what he said was a snub from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to talk about the December 9 peace agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army forces kill 5 Aceh rebels In an outbreak of violence likely to raise concerns about the peace process in Indonesia's troubled Aceh province, security forces said yesterday they killed five rebels in two separate incidents. Police shot three fighters from the separatist Free Aceh Movement on Thursday after they allegedly ambushed a security patrol, Lieutenant Colonel Maryanto said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bumpy road ahead to polls next year Brace yourselves - the next 18 months are going to be tense and turbulent as Indonesia heads down a bumpy road to the 2004 polls. Talk to political insiders and you will hear riveting accounts of how close some quarters of the Indonesian military came to seizing power two weeks ago, in the face of popular opposition to the Megawati government's slashing of some subsidies. The word 'coup' trips lightly off many lips.

Posted in Elections @ 04 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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