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Indonesia launches new military elite unit to tackle terrorism

July 30, 2019

Indonesia launches new military elite unit to tackle terrorism

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-30 16:49:08|Editor: Shi Yinglun

JAKARTA, July 30 (Xinhua) — Indonesian military launched on Tuesday a new elite unit designated to carry out special military missions, particularly in addressing terrorism issue.

The launching ceremony of the super elite unit called Special Operation Command, or Koopssus, was held in Indonesian military headquarters located in Cilangkap, East Jakarta.

"Each of Koopssus personnel is a determined one, shortlisted from the special units owned by each of three forces in the military," Indonesian Military Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said during the ceremony.

Former director of Indonesian military strategic intelligence body, Brig. Gen. Rochadi, was appointed to command the newly-established military elite unit.

The establishment of the Koopssus is to follow suit revision of the anti-terrorism law enacted by Indonesian parliament in May last year that endorses the military in carrying out anti-terror missions.

Legal basis for the military’s Koopssus elite unit was officiated through a presidential decree signed by President Joko Widodo earlier this month.

In its anti-terror missions, the Koopssus would coordinate with national police to handle terrorism issue in the country.

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