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Indonesia hosts first regional defence conference #Indonesia #ASEAN #defense #terrorism

Indonesia hosts first regional defence conference #Indonesia #ASEAN #defense #terrorism

JAKARTA : Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has described the recent spate of mail bombs in the country as evidence that terror groups are able to mutate and adapt. Speaking at a defence conference in Jakarta on Wednesday, the Indonesian leader said the change in the terror tactics is presenting security agencies everywhere with new challenges. Investigations are still on-going, but Indonesia's National Anti-Terror Agency suspects the regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah is behind the mail bombs. The inaugural Jakarta International Defence Dialogue is Indonesia's first attempt at hosting a defence and security conference at a global level. Opening the event, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that while inter-state wars have declined, threats from within have risen considerably all over the world. President Yudhoyono said: "We are also seeing persisten...

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