Why Indonesia's stateless militants are a regional problem

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The Indonesian government decided last week to abandon its citizens who had joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group now stranded in the Middle East, banning them from ever returning home.

An earlier announcement by the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) that 689 Indonesian ex-ISIS followers would be repatriated drew criticism from nationalists who argued that the former militants had renounced their citizenship when they joined ISIS, some of them burning their passports in the process.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2020, with the headline Why Indonesia's stateless militants are a regional problem. Subscribe