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Fighting back: How Indonesia's elite police turned the tide on militants

Unit adopts unique, strategic approach to interrogations that aids intelligence gathering

The black clad, heavily armed members of Densus 88, sometimes seen during raids on suspected militant hideouts, make up a small proportion of the unit. Far more personnel are dedicated to gathering intelligence in the field and monitoring communications and online activity.


AS the world battles a spike in assaults and plots by Islamist militants, Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit is drawing praise for stemming a wave of bloody attacks in the sprawling Muslim-majority nation.

Indonesia has foiled at least 15 attacks this year alone and made more...

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