Bloody crackdowns on Islamist factions in Indonesia, the Philippines, and elsewhere have left al-Qaeda’s traditional allies in the region like Jemmah Islamiyah in weakened states, and have made it difficult for al-Qaeda to maintain close with the groups.
Though officials are touting this as a great success, there are also warnings that new groups which don’t have ties to al-Qaeda are emerging to take their places and, in Indonesia especially, these unaffiliated militant factions are seen as a major threat.
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