One year after police operations in Poso, Central Sulawesi, there is cautious optimism that jihadi violence has come to an end, but justice, accountability and corruption problems need to be resolved. This briefing looks at the impact of the January 2007 operations that led to the death, arrest or flight of key extremists and later to several deradicalisation initiatives.
Despite remaining questions about whether the death toll was needlessly high, the operations have to be seen as a net gain for peace. Now the task is to see that the peace is sustained.
The briefing examines the current status of jihadi groups in Poso, particularly those linked to Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic charity KOMPAK. It notes that of the three territorial subdivisions JI once had in Central Sulawesi, two seem to be destroyed, at least temporarily, and a third, in the provincial capital Palu is split. Recruitment no longer seems to be taking place openly in mosques but may have moved to private homes.