Jakarta to propose intelligence sharing

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Indonesia will propose a broad intelligence sharing initiative among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to deal with the rising threat of radical Islamist militants, its defence minister said yesterday. Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacuda said he would propose an “Our Eyes” initiative at the Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in the Philippines this month. “Be it maritime, air or intelligence… we will fine-tune this when we have deliberations and discussions at the ADMM,” he said at the launch of air patrols between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The patrols are part of a multi-pronged initiative involving the three aimed at plugging porous borders around the Sulu Sea where militant groups aligned with the Islamic State group are active.

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