Indonesia and Australia Strengthen Counter-Terrorism Cooperation as IS Tries to Establish a Caliphate State in Indonesia
Australian Attorney George Brandis said IS intends to establish a caliphate state outside of the Middle East, and Indonesia is one of the potential locations. Brandis believes that this would be a major threat to Australia and the West.
Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said at a meeting in Washington that in the past three years, the number of IS followers in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have been much more than the number al-Qaeda has attracted in the past ten years, which shows the influence of IS.
Cambodia’s water festival is a tradition that draws hundreds of thousands to the capital for its boat races on the Tonlé Sap, where the lake water starts draining back to the rivers due to the end of the monsoon. Officials state that the cancellation is due to the low level of the river and drought, but many people doubt the saying.
Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein warned that three top Malaysian leaders are on the terror group Islamic State's (IS) hit list, but did not disclose the identities of said leaders.
President Ma Ying-jeou says regarding the conflict in Syria, Taiwan has provided refugees with 350 prefabricated houses and medical assistance in the past. Ma also says he will request relative national security units to remain highly alert and take necessary measures.
According to BNN, Indonesia’s economy loss from drugs has reached up to US$ 4.8 million. Drugs circulated within Indonesia per year include marijuana (158,000 kg), amphetamine (219,000 kg) and MDMA (14 million pills).