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Barred militants can still pose security risk to Indonesia

They can easily enter country given its vast coastline and loose border surveillance

After months of heated debate, the Indonesian government has decided not to repatriate former militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group and their families, but analysts warned that the move would not stop them from sneaking into the country illegally.

These former ISIS fighters have been known to pay middlemen to help them leave Syria and fly to Indonesia from third countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline 'Barred militants can still pose security risk to Indonesia'. Subscribe