24 July 2009
Indonesia: The Hotel Bombings
This paper summarizes the events of 17 July 2009 and answers frequently asked questions regarding the Jakarta bombings. What led to this attack? Why is Noordin Top's group the most likely suspect? What is the relationship between Noordin and the regional jihad organization Jemaah Islamiyah? Why has it been so long since the last attack? Why would the bombers target the hotels? How could they get past hotel security and pass themselves off as guests? How big is Noordin's group? Does this mean the 'deradicalization' program has failed? Will there be another attack and if there is, will it weaken the government? What can the government do?
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