The establishment of representatives of the Iraqi militancy group, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in Indonesia has raised concern, with analysts saying that the sympathetic support could turn into extremism — or worse, acts of terror. More than 30 Indonesians have joined the jihadist movement fighting across the Middle East, and some of them have returned home to establish ISIS branches in Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara.
Authorities have said” “The supporters of the ISIS movement should be closely monitored regularly to prevent them from seeking public support. The police and security-related institutions should observe the development of this branches,” he said.
“One of the branches was established in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta while another one was established in West Nusa Tenggara, which seems to have been strategic moves.”
Pray for the authorities in Indonesia as they make decisions about the presence of these groups, and pray for the Church to be a strong witness in the face of the disillusionment that many feel, and pray for the Church to be strengthened so it can live well, whatever the future holds.