Government Yet Decide Status of ISIS Supporters

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  • A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gives bread to children near the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 20, 2019. Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death. REUTERS/Rodi Said

    A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gives bread to children near the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 20, 2019. Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death. REUTERS/Rodi Said

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said that the government has not yet decided on the citizenship status of 689 Indonesian nationals who joined ISIS. The government, he added, needed to verify the names of those foreign terrorist fighters (FTF).

    “The number is temporary and subject to change. That’s why it requires verification,” said Moeldoko at Presidential Palace Complex, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, February 12.

    After the verification, the data would be categorized, and their citizenship would be reviewed, Moeldoko added. “Issues say that some had burnt their passports. We have to look at it again.”

    According to Moeldoko, verification is necessary considering some of them could possibly be repatriated, such as underage orphans.

    He admitted that the government was having difficulty to validate data of the 689 people since they were divided into different locations due to attacks by the Turkey government.

    On Tuesday, February 11, the Indonesian government decided not to repatriate its citizens who left the country to join the terrorist group. Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD considered the ISIS supporters virus that might the safety all Indonesians.

    EGI ADYATAMA