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Sunday Territorian 17 Sep 2017



Sunday Territorian 17 Sep 2017


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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17 2017 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA INDONESIAN intelligence chiefs say they are battling an unprecedented surge in extremism with 500,000 activated jihadists on the Northern Territorys doorstep. Huge numbers of Indonesians support a caliphate either in Syria or at home and are further spiking the countrys terror risk. There are 500,000 people already radicalised, said one of several top intelligence officials in an exclusive background briefing to the NT News in Jakarta. They are ready to fight democracy here or to go to Syria. They are jihadists. One intelligence boss added: We now have children saying taghut, referring to the accusation that anyone who does not follow Allah follows Satan and is a kafir. The biggest problem is when parents make someone who is seven years old into a mental monster through indoctrination. We have too many children coming from Syria. We are the first in the world to take back jihadists and put them through programs. We do not know what the result of that will be. The intelligence chiefs said the battleground had long shifted from Bali 2002 when Southeast Asian militant extremist Islamist terror group Jemaah Islamiah had a tight command structure and charismatic leaders gave one-on Jihadist menace on NTs border one counselling in terror. Each player was given a part and bomb-making was seen as an expert craft. That tight, focused hate resulted in the bombings which killed 202 people. Now, homemade and highly unstable TATP-type bombs could be made by anyone. Syria and the Islamic State doctrine is very different, said one. Now, they say you can attack any target, and this is very difficult to stop. It used to be one embassy or one hotel a year. Now they can come from anywhere, any time. According to some surveys, the figure of 500,000 jihadists is an underestimate. One recent survey suggested 11.5 million Indonesians were prone to radicalisation. The absolute numbers may seem incredible, but it doesnt surprise me across the 210,000,000 Muslims in Indonesia, said Australian terror expert Greg Barton. Unlike Australia, there are above-ground movements with extreme edges and its a very problematic dynamic. Its not going to be easy to shut them down. The intel chiefs are closely watching for blowback from the conflict in Marawi in southern Philippines. They added that the Rohingya crisis would have a deep impact in Indonesia, with local jihadists using attacks on the Muslim minority in Myanmar as an excuse to attack the government in Indonesia. PAUL TOOHEY DRIVE down any street in Darwins southern suburbs at the moment and you could find a trove of treasure. Hidden among broken fridges and worn tyres, Top Enders are throwing out perfectly good furniture and white goods in the first Darwin council Pre-Cyclone Clean Up. Larrakeyah residents David PHILLIPPA BUTT David Smith and mate Dab Shah test some discarded household items Picture: PATRINA MALONE Sidewalk a bargain hunters dream Smith and Dab Shah were out for a walk when they discovered a working fitness bike. Less than 100m away were chairs, a couch, a suitcase, a fan and a pair of crutches. It might take you a day driving around, but you could set up your whole house at no cost, Mr Smith said. Theres some pretty terrible things but there is good stuff out as well. And some stuff might need some repair but its still good. Mr Shah spotted people picking up a freebie or two. Just the other day, when I went out, there was a mattress and bed on the other side of the road, and when I came home 10 minutes later it was gone, he said. Council will collect the hard rubbish tomorrow to be sorted for junk and goods. Push to lower insurance fees THE government hopes to reach an agreement with the medical prosthetics sector within the month that would help drive down private health insurance premiums. Health Minister Greg Hunt said there was an unacceptable divide between the cost of prosthetics for public and private patients, the latter footing inflated prices that translated to higher premiums. This could be a historic agreement which will give people better access, at lower cost, not just to private health, but to a range of medical treatments, Mr Hunt said yesterday. Lighting Spark at Deckchair EMERGING Territory filmmakers will get their moment on the red carpet this evening, with the inaugural screening of the Spark Initiative at Deckchair Cinema. Part of the Darwin International Film Festival, the program contains four short films each granted $5000 as part of a competition earlier this year. One of the filmmakers, Mark Roy, who shot the black and white troppo noir thriller Sumatra on Super 8, urged Territorians to come along and support local cinema. The screening begins at 7.15pm tonight at Deckchair. Warning over Bali volcano TERRITORIANS flying to holiday isle of Bali have been urged to check travel warnings, after Indonesia raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the alert has been raised from normal to vigilance. The countrys geological agency recommended that villagers and visitors stay further than 3km from the mountains crater. The surrounding Karangasem district, an area of about 840sq/km, has a population of 408,000. 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