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STAR WARS can be used to sell almost anything, nurse from Lego to a career in policing. Fort Worth’s police department released a recruitment video on its Facebook page in December featuring an officer at target practice with a stormtrooper. The white-clad soldiers are notoriously poor shots, order and the video shows the galactic GI missing every attempt he makes until he creeps so far forward that his goggles are very nearly touching his target. When the exasperated officer asks “who referred you to us?” Darth Vader peeks out from the back of the room, check shaking his helmeted head in disgust. The scrolling text at the end of the video, which has garnered 17m views thus far, urges: “Join our Force! If you have what it takes to be a Fort Worth Police Officer and are a better aim than a Stormtrooper.” The advert underscores a serious problem affecting police forces nationwide. Economic and social changes have made it harder for police departments to keep their forces fully staffed, and lead to increasingly desperate recruitment.

The Los Angeles Police Department was short of nearly 100 officers as of mid-December—only 1% of its total workforce, but still enough to be felt on the ground, says Captain Alan Hamilton, who runs recruitment for the department. Philadelphia had 350 vacancies, largely due to a spate of retirements. Last spring, Dallas cancelled two academy classes for lack of applicants; its preliminary applications dropped by over 30% between 2010 and 2015. In 2012, the ratio of police officers to population hit its lowest level since 1997, according to Uniform Crime Reporting Programme data published by the FBI.

The dynamics underpinning the shortages vary by department, but there are national trends making it harder for police forces to attract applicants. The first is a strong economy. Nelson Lim, a researcher at the RAND Corporation, a think-tank, says this is nothing new. When plenty of jobs are available, people are usually less motivated to enter dangerous professions. Police forces as well as the armed forces tend to field less interest in boom times.

The second is the perception of increased danger associated with policing: 135 officers were killed in the line of duty between January 1st 2016 and December 28th 2016—a 10% increase from 2015 but fewer than the 192 killed in 2007. Shooting deaths increased from 41 to 64. Several of them were high profile and gruesome, such as the assassination of five Dallas police officers in July 2016. “When you look around the nation and you see the acts of violence directed at police officers—it makes people reluctant to join. Many people join the profession when they’re 22 or 23 when parents still have a heavy influence,” says Scott Walton, deputy chief in Dallas, though sympathy can also boost recruitment. Dallas has seen an uptick in applications since its officers were attacked.

The last is the image of policing. The deaths of several unarmed black men at the hands of police officers and the ensuing backlash seem to have made police work less appealing. “We have a situation where law enforcement is being scrutinised more heavily,” says Mr Hamilton of the LAPD. According to Gallup, a polling organisation, trust in law enforcement generally has remained fairly stable since it began surveying the topic in 1993. But according to data collected by Harris, another polling group, the share of both whites and blacks who believe that African Americans are discriminated against by the police has risen markedly between 1969 and 2014.

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A French council sent police officers to a primary school to protest its decision to offer optional Arabic language classes to students.

Local news outlet La Chaîne Info (LCI) said the deputy mayor of Six-Four-Les-Plages had confirmed that officers were sent to the Reynier primary school twice in November to inform school officials of the mayor’s opposition to the lessons.

Jean-Sébastien Vialatte told LCI that officials were concerned that the class, which was being held outside of school hours, was not agreed to by the local council in the Var district of southern France.

Vialatte also told the outlet that officials had reservations about the teacher, who was not a state employee.

Information about the incidents came to light on Wednesday after a French lawyer shared court documents exposing a failed legal suit by the council to halt the classes .

In September, an image shared on social media by a parent of one of the children at the school falsely claimed the classes were mandatory, prompting outrage in France, amplified by populist parties.

Sharing the inaccurate claim on his Facebook page, Frédéric Boccaletti, a local politician and member of the far-right National Front (FN), blamed “friends” of the Moroccan-born minister of education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, for forcing the lessons on French children.

He went on to accuse Vialatte of being complicit in allowing the classes to proceed.

Anti-Muslim measures

The incidents come amid a climate of tension in France over its Muslim minority, composed mainly of immigrants from North Africa and their descendants.

France has banned the wearing of headscarves by Muslim children in schools and the wearing of full face veils in public.

Some schools have also removed options for pork-free school dinners that Muslim pupils usually opt for.

A campaign of bomb, gun, and knife attacks, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has also helped harden French public opinion on Muslims.

The French government says it is acting to preserve the secular character of the country.

 

French Muslim activist Yasser Louati said the incident in Six-Four-Les-Plages reflected a “normalisation of state sponsored racism.”

“Sending the police to make sure an Arabic class isn’t held shows how much hate government institutions can express for Arabs,” Louati said.

“In 2015 we had cases of primary school children being humiliated, assaulted, and eventaken to the police by their teachers .

“Then we had school girls being barred from school for wearing a long skirt or the prohibition of substitute meals for Muslims and Jews.”

Louati said senior officials had done little to address the problem and had often acted to encourage such views, referring to government minister Laurence Rossignol’s comments last year, where she compared Muslim women who wore the hijab to “American negroes” who supported slavery.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be questioned under caution at his residence in Jerusalem today by police regarding the receipt of illegal gifts.

On Monday morning, the Prime Minister’s Residence was closed off and a black veil erected to keep out the media’s eyes – police investigators have not yet arrived to the premier’s home.

The prime minister is suspected of receiving improper gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from Israeli and foreign businessmen, in a manner which breached his duty of trust as a public servant, according to Hebrew media reports.

This comes as reports surfaced over the weekend that World Jewish Congress President and long-time ally Ronald Lauder told police that he did give Netanyahu and his son Yair gifts, including pricey suits. The evidence provided by Lauder supposedly provided impetus to interrogate Netanyahu.

In a cabinet meeting on Sunday Netanyahu responded to numerous attacks from opposition figures criticizing the PM over the corruption allegations. “I suggest that the opposition calm down,” Netanyahu said at the opening of a cabinet meeting. “At least we pay for suits ourselves,” Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livini quipped over Twitter on Sunday.

In two other counterattacks from Netanyahu’s allies, MK David Amsallem (Likud) said Sunday he would propose a bill to block future investigations of sitting prime ministers as the law is in some other countries such as France. The law would not apply to Netanyahu, but is seen as a rebuke of the police. Also, Sunday Likud sources told Channel 2 that even if Netanyahu gets into more serious trouble, they would not call early elections and would maintain Likud dominance over the current coalition.

The dramatic report of Netanyahu’s impending questioning is a glimpse of concrete details in a steady drumbeat of vague reports about preliminary probes into several allegations regarding the prime minister.

This comes as Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, reportedly approved a criminal investigation of Netanyahu, however, in an unprecedented move, would make no announcement about moving from a preliminary probe to a criminal investigation until after the police have questioned Netanyahu under caution. Typically, the attorney-general makes a public announcement of such a shift, and only afterward would the police question the suspect.

Channel 2 reported on Friday that Mandelblit discussed the investigation with the prime minister as early as December 12.

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Police have slammed the users of the growing number of Facebook pages which alert motorists to where checkpoints might be.

Superintendent Steve Greally, national road policing manager said police were aware the pages existed and monitored them.

“While we welcome the public being more aware of the risks around drink driving, checkpoint warnings on social media is not the way to minimise risk.

“The message from police is that there is a 100 per cent certain way of avoiding the negative consequences of a checkpoint: Don’t drink and drive.

“If people boast of avoiding checkpoints so they can continue to drink and drive, the message is simple: Good mates don’t allow other mates to drive drunk.”

purpose of police checkpoints are not designed to ‘catch people out’, but to take drivers off the road when they are not fit for driving. This could be due to being under the influence, licence status or the car’s roadworthiness.

“While police will inevitably find a number of people driving under the influence when they do a checkpoint, an ideal checkpoint would be one where not a single person blows over the limit.”

He said that two New Zealanders on average died every week in crashes involving alcohol, and another 40 were maimed or left with other life-changing injuries.

“Anyone who encourages someone who may be drunk or drugged behind the wheel to avoid police detection needs to think long and hard about how they would feel if that person then went on to kill or maim someone in their family or one of their friends.”

Police checkpoints were based on risk and were operated in a range of locations.

detection anywhere, anytime to remove drunk, drugged and dangerous drivers from our roads, before they go on to potentially maim or kill other innocent road users.”

But a police spokeswoman said the sites were not illegal.

“It is extremely unlikely that charges would be laid over something like this as everyone has the right to freedom of expression.

“Police are not interested in taking such sites down, because publicity surrounding them is counterproductive, and other similar pages just crop up afterwards.”

AA spokesman Mike Noon said while knowing more police were on the roads could help to stop someone from driving drunk, generally checkpoint pages shouldn’t be necessary.

“Our advice in that situation is you shouldn’t be at all concerned about checkpoints because you shouldn’t be driving if you’ve been drinking.”

He said the AA did not want drunk drivers to be sharing the roads with responsible members of the public.

“What we would like is for people not to be wary about checkpoints because they’ve taken the necessary precautions and organised a sober driver.”

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CHICAGO—Fabiola Camacho has steered her life onto a different path, ed and she wants the same for the Chicago Police Department.

“Growing up I was kind of always out and being bad and stuff, recipe ” says the 21-year-old, unhealthy who works at T.J. Maxx and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice. “After a while you kind of grow out of it. I decided I wanted to help girls that were in my exact situation.”

Fabiola Camacho, 21, talking with Chicago police officers during an open house at the city’s police training academy on Dec. 17.ENLARGE
Fabiola Camacho, 21, talking with Chicago police officers during an open house at the city’s police training academy on Dec. 17.PHOTO: SALLY RYAN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Ms. Camacho was among dozens of potential recruits—many African-American or, like herself, Hispanic—at a recent open house held by Chicago police as they set out to hire almost a thousand officers in response to this year’s decades-high murder tally.

In addition to getting more police on the street, the city’s force is trying to remake itself as more diverse to win back support of the minority communities where most of the murders have occurred and where trust in the police is low.

While killings have swelled to over 700 for the first time since the 1990s—seven people were fatally shot in the city over Christmas weekend alone—police are struggling to solve them, having cleared only 20% of homicides this year compared with 60% in the mid-1990s. Police and local groups say this is in part because communities affected by the violence aren’t coming forward to help police with investigations.

Nationally, 12% of local officers are black, according to a U.S. Justice Department survey. In Chicago, a little more than half of sworn officers are white, with Hispanics and African-Americans each making up just less than a quarter of officers, in a city about two-thirds minority.

“CPD’s command staff is already the most diverse leadership team in the department’s history, with more minorities and women serving in senior roles than ever before,” said Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is African-American. “But we can do better.”

To many of Chicago’s black residents, the release of a video last year showing a white officer fatally shooting a black 17-year old as he veered away from police was representative of decades of heavy-handed policing that unfairly penalizes minorities.

The push to hire more racial minorities follows similar efforts in cities like Ferguson, Mo., which was required to do so after a Justice Department investigation following the shooting of Michael Brown.

In July, then-Dallas police chief David Brown told Black Lives Matter protesters that the department was open to them and that they should “put an application in” to change things from the inside. This year, more than 250 people have applied to be police officers in Dallas, more than the 115 in 2015.

The challenge lies less in people being skeptical of police officers but “in the work that they know they will have to do,” said Scott Walton, deputy chief of personnel at the Dallas Police Force. “People realize you are going to have to work holidays, work evenings [and] not everybody wants to make that commitment.”

In Chicago, the recruitment events in minority neighborhoods are only part of the push. The city has also waived a fee to take the entrance exam, created more flexibility in the timings of physical-fitness tests and plans text messages to keep candidates on track. An external consultant has been hired to support the city in a social media and marketing campaign to attract diverse candidates.

At the Chicago Police training academy, potential applicants to the Chicago Police Department watch demonstrations of the physical fitness test on Dec. 17.ENLARGE
At the Chicago Police training academy, potential applicants to the Chicago Police Department watch demonstrations of the physical fitness test on Dec. 17. PHOTO: SALLY RYAN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Experts note there is no guarantee that a more diverse police force will bridge a divide with minority communities. In Baltimore, African-Americans make up the majority of the force, but the department was found to be engaging in unconstitutional and racially biased practices by the Justice Department.

“The evidence is inconclusive as to whether or not having a diverse force will reduce police misconduct, officer complaints [and] unjustified use of force,” said Forrest Stuart, a sociologist at the University of Chicago who studies policing.

Ms. Camacho, who lives in Brighton Park in southwest Chicago, knows she has a tough road ahead to become an officer. She is only 4 feet 11 inches tall and admits she isn’t exactly a fitness buff.

But Ms. Camacho said a shorter female officer that she met at the recruiting event “doesn’t let her height get in the way of things,” and she said she was assured that she would gain confidence through her training and even grow comfortable with a firearm.

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(CNN)Australia police ended a two-and-a-half year drug investigation on Christmas day by busting a cartel and seizing 1102 pounds (500 kilograms) of cocaine.

The December 25 bust, along with a seizure of 1336 pounds (606 kilograms) of cocaine from the same syndicate earlier this year, was worth about $259 million (AUD$360 million) and is Australia’s largest ever haul from a single cartel.

Police said it was among their ten largest seizures ever.
The investigation, codenamed Operation Okesi, was a joint effort between Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police and Australia’s Border Force.

Officials brief the media in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

Speaking beside a table piled high with heavy bricks of drugs, NSW Police Force State Crime Commander Mark Jenkins commended Australia’s law enforcement and border protection agencies for working on bust, even at the cost of missing Christmas with their families.
“This job began with a thread of information to the NSW Police Force’s Drug Squad two-and-a-half years ago,” Jenkins said.
“What has followed and the results achieved are a powerful example of the impact example of the impact made by the hard work and cooperation of (Australian police).”

Drugs seized by Australian police as part of an operation in Brooklyn, NSW, on Christmas Day 2016.

Fishing boats investigated

Police told CNN the cartel was local, but with international connections. It is believed to have been smuggling drugs into Australia via Sydney, on commercial fishing boats.
Police dealt the cartel its first bloody nose when they seized 1336 pounds (606 kilograms) of cocaine in Tahiti in March 2016. The drugs were en route to Australia.

Drugs seized by Australian police as part of an operation in Brooklyn, NSW, on Christmas Day 2016.

Earlier this month police followed a large commercial fishing boat out out of Sydney Fish Markets, to the New South Wales south coast. On Christmas night, a one-man boat was launched from the larger vessel and landed at Parsley Bay in Brooklyn, NSW.
Investigators closed in, capturing 1102 pounds (500 kilograms) and arresting seven men. Over the next four days, police rounded up eight more men across NSW, Queensland and Tasmania.
All fifteen men were locals aged between 29 and 63 years old, and had allegedly been posing as fishermen as a cover for their drug running.

Cocaine ‘easy’ to obtain

Australia has one of the highest uses of cocaine, by percentage of population, in the world, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
About 2.1% of the population, or around 460,000 Australians, are estimated to have used the illegal drug in the past year, a national survey found.
Over the course of their lifetimes, more than 1.5 million Australians say they’ve tried the drug.

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For the first time, cops who want to wear turbans for religious reasons on the job can now do so, as long as they get approval, the city’s top cop said.

The new policy also codifies how long beards can be. Beards can be no longer than a half-inch for religious reasons, and no longer than one millimeter for medical reasons.

The NYPD previously barred beards because they interfere with the seal on gas masks. Officers in elite units that call for the masks, such as anti-terrorism, are still exempt from having beards, a police source said.

The turbans, which Sikhs wear to cover their hair, must be Navy blue and able to have an insignia attached to it.

“It’s a major change,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. “Hopefully with this change in policy we’ll get more people to apply.”

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Sikh members with newly approved head gear.

(HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

O’Neill made the comments standing with six Sikh officers in turbans following an NYPD Academy graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

The move is another sign that the NYPD is becoming more tolerant of personal preferences of its officers.

Back in July, the department said it had reinstated a Muslim cop suspended without pay for sporting a beard, and announced it was reviewing its policies on facial hair.

Sikh comedian says airport security made him take off turban

Police Officer Masood Syed was put back on full duty on June 24.

Police Officer Masood Syed filed a discrimination suit against the NYPD in June 2016 claiming he was ordered to shave his beard.

Police Officer Masood Syed filed a discrimination suit against the NYPD in June 2016 claiming he was ordered to shave his beard.

(JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Syed, a 10-year veteran of the NYPD who worked in the department as a law clerk, filed a federal discrimination suit against the department in June in Manhattan, claiming he was suspended and was ordered to shave his beard, which he wears in observance of his Sunni Muslim faith.

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South Yorkshire police have spent nearly £5m on policing far-right protests since the beginning of 2012, story figures have shown.

Freedom of information requests by the Guardian have revealed that 99.5% of the force’s overall expenditure on protests from the beginning of 2012 to October this year went on policing demonstrations by far-right groups.

Between the start of 2012 and October 2016, the force spent £4,672,083 on policing demonstrations by the far right, with a single demonstration inRotherham in September 2014 costing just over £1m. The figures provided by the force do not include salaries and planning costs, so the total figure is likely to be higher.

Of the police forces that responded to the Guardian’s request for information, South Yorkshire’s overall costs were by far the highest.

West Yorkshire police spent £1,055,732 between the start of 2014 and October 2016, compared with £2,907,955 by South Yorkshire. In the same period, West Midlands police spent £898,767.

The Metropolitan police said they did not routinely cost such events and Greater Manchester police said the information did not exist in an “easily retrievable format” in their database.

South Yorkshire’s biggest bill was run up on 13 September 2014, a month afterthe Jay report concluded that 1,400 children in Rotherham had been sexually exploited by groups of mostly Asian men over 16 years. Hundreds of far-right protesters descended on the town and the cost of policing was £1,010,343.

Rotherham experienced 14 demonstrations by the far right in the space of 14 months following the publication of the Jay report. In May 2015, Rotherham council commissioners and South Yorkshire police asked the Home Office for special powers to ban demonstrations by some far-right groups such as the EDL and Britain First, but the Home Office said the legal criteria for a ban had not been met.

South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner, Alan Billings, said a case could be made for banning certain groups from demonstrating because of the community tensions they caused and the cost to the public purse.

“It’s very difficult to call for the banning of assemblies because, for all of us in politics, there will be times when we want to protest and be on the streets saying our piece,” he said. “It’s very hard for us to say that’s fine for us but not for somebody else but, with the far-right groups in Rotherham, I’d say a case could be made because they’re not just coming and saying their piece and going away.

“South Yorkshire police doesn’t just have to deal with the far-right marches, but with the reasons that there are far-right marches here, which are things like CSE [child sexual abuse] investigations.

An EDL demonstrator in Luton.
“We also had the Hillsborough inquests and we’ve had to put up the tab for that and now the civil claims will start against South Yorkshire police as a result of the Hillsborough verdicts and as a result of non-recent CSE in Rotherham … so our expenditure goes up exponentially as a consequence of all that. Into the midst come these far-right marches.”

Rotherham’s Labour MP, Sarah Champion, said the figures came as no surprise. “Rotherham has been subjected to repeated – almost monthly – demonstrations and this has led to locals feeling nervous and a notable drop in people shopping in town,” she said.

“We must, of course, respect the right to peacefully protest. However, this must be balanced against the needs of the local community. It is deeply concerning that these national demonstrations represent such a significant drain on South Yorkshire police’s budgets and are diverting resources away from local frontline policing and investigations.”

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Indonesian anti-terror police from Detachment 88 stand guard near explosive materials and other evidence confiscated in raids on suspected militants during a media briefing at police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 30, 2016. Picture taken November 30, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Indonesian anti-terror police from Detachment 88 stand guard near explosive materials and other evidence confiscated in raids on suspected militants during a media briefing at police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 30, 2016. Picture taken November 30, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

As the world battles a spike in assaults and plots by Islamist militants, Indonesia’s anti-terrorism unit is drawing praise for stemming a wave of bloody attacks in the sprawling Muslim-majority nation.

Indonesia has foiled at least 15 attacks this year alone and made more than 150 arrests, disrupting plots ranging from suicide attacks in Jakarta to a rocket attack from Indonesia’s Batam island targeting Singapore.

Going back to 2010, a Reuters analysis of data shows the elite unit, Special Detachment 88 (Densus 88), has prevented at last 54 plots or attacks in the nation of 250 million people, the world’s fourth largest.

“Densus 88 has become better than pretty well any other counter-terrorism group in the world,” said Greg Barton, a terrorism export and research professor in Global Islamic Politics at Alfred Deakin Institute in Melbourne.

“They have had an incredible workload and they have become remarkably good at what they do.”

In the last six years, there has been only one major attack in Indonesia that caused civilian deaths, when assailants hit a Jakarta mall and police post with gunfire and bombs, resulting in the deaths of three Indonesians and a dual Algerian-Canadian national. All four attackers were also killed in the January 2016 attack.

Between 2002 to 2009, there were nine major attacks by militants, leaving 295 dead and hundreds of others wounded.

Since its formation in 2002, the unit has put a premium on clandestine intelligence gathering. Now much of that intelligence work is done online, by infiltrating and monitoring chat rooms, social media and messaging apps popular with militants.

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Few details about Densus 88 are publicly available.

“We built our organization to learn from the enemy,” said a senior counter-terrorism officer who provided some insight into the working of the unit but spoke on condition of anonymity.

Created in the aftermath of the deadly 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people, Densus 88 has about 400 to 500 members, state-of-the-art weaponry and training, said another official. It has received more than $200 million of funding from Western allies such as Australia and the United States.

The unit is headed by a task force, a core of 30 or so senior members, said the Indonesian law enforcement source.

“Many of them possess doctorates and have specialties like psychology and social behavior,” the source added. “They are not like regular police.”

The black clad, heavily armed members of Densus 88 sometimes seen during raids on suspected militant hideouts make up a small proportion of the unit, officials say.

Far more personnel are dedicated to gathering intelligence in the field and monitoring communications and online activity. There is also a large team of investigators analyzing that intelligence and forensically examining explosives and other evidence.

Sidney Jones, the director of Institute for Policy Aanalysis of Conflict (IPAC), said the key to Densus 88’s success lies in its intelligence gathering.

“They know the radical networks and have a good set of informers,” she said.  “It is unparalleled in terms of its ability to understand the sources of possible threats.”

STRATEGIC INTERROGATION

Densus 88 has long been accused by human rights groups of abuses, including beatings of alleged separatists and Islamist suspects.

Indonesia’s National Human Rights Commission has identified 121 terrorism suspects who have died in custody since 2007 but the police routinely deny using torture or inappropriate force in interrogation.

Amnesty International said earlier this year there was an “endemic culture of impunity” in Indonesia’s police service and a need for an investigation into the “torture” of suspects by Densus 88.

However, Barton said the unit has adopted a unique, “strategic” approach to interrogations that aids intelligence gathering.

Suspects were kept at police stations rather than in jails and allowed to meet their families.

“They sit down and listen to their story,” Barton said. “They get them talking and that’s an effective way of getting intelligence.”

Despite Densus 88’s recent successes, the worry is that the militant threat to Indonesia is mounting as Islamic State fighters return battle-hardened from Syria and Iraq. The ultra-radical group also commands support from some Indonesians who have stayed at home.

About 800 Indonesians have traveled to Syria to join Islamic State and 169 have been stopped en route and deported, according to Indonesia’s national counter-terrorism agency.

In the past two months alone, there have been 40 arrests, and at least six attacks foiled, according to the Reuters study, which collated data with the assistance of IPAC staff. At least two of the attacks were planned for New Year’s Eve, police said.

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