Indonesia Eyes Joint Anti-ISIS Patrols With Philippines & Malaysia
Indonesia’s military chief says Jakarta is looking to establish joint patrols with the Philippines and Malaysia for protection against Islamic State. It comes as the military said there are terrorists’ sleeper cells all over Indonesia.
The patrols will be protecting the Indonesian territorial waters.
Indonesia’s military chief, General Gatot Nurmantyo, said that he and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu are set to discuss the matter next week with their counterparts from Malaysia and the Philippines.
The meeting will take place on Tarakan Island, Indonesia, and will include signing an agreement to step up joint patrols.
A number of Southeast Asian states are on high alert since an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)-affiliated group attempted to seize the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines.