Deadly Recruitment Drive
THE amateur video was 75 minutes and 34 seconds long. It opened with Arabic calligraphy quoting verses from the Quran, followed by a series of photographs of violence involving the Muslim community in Indonesia. An upbeat nasyid song played in the background. The lyrics repeatedly called on Muslims to carry out jihad.
The first 15 minutes of the video were about the history of clashes between Islamic…
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A MIDNIGHT phone call surprised Andi Widjajanto in early September. The caller who claimed to be a governor's aide had been searching for hours for the cellphone of Andi, who happens to be a deputy head of the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla transition team. The aide was calling because the governor had been waiting for more than 12 hours to meet with Andi at Plaza Senayan in South Jakarta.