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Indonesia deploys fighter

jets to prevent Maute from

entering territory
The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network / 11:26 AM June 19, 2017

A delegation led by Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu arrived at Tarakan Air Base
in North Kalimantan on June 18. During his visit, Ryamizard was to attend a ceremony
to launch a trilateral maritime patrol on Monday. The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

At least three Sukhoi jet fighters have been deployed to Tarakan, a town in North
Kalimantan near the maritime border with the southern Philippines, to guard against
insurgency and prevent Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists from entering Indonesia.
An ongoing battle between the Maute group and Philippines military in Marawi city on
Mindanao Island in the Philippines has sparked concern in Indonesia that it might force
the group members to flee the area and attempt to get into Indonesia.

The three Sukhoi jets were parked at the Tarakan Air Force base on Sunday afternoon,
The Jakarta Post reporter observed.

The Sukhoi jets, which were deployed on Friday, would strengthen the military patrols
that are already being conducted near the border with the Philippines, as reported by
Antara news agency on Sunday. The jets would remain there for one month.

The militants might flee the Philippines and be forced to cross the border into
Indonesia, Tarakan Air Force base chief Colonel Didik Krisyanto said on Sunday as
quoted by Antara.

On Monday, defense ministers from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia launched
a Trilateral Maritime Patrol, a joint patrol designed to drive back any insurgencies in
the region. The event was also attended by defense ministers from Singapore and
Brunei, both acting as observers./rga
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