Jokowi Mulls Restoring Joint Special Ops Command to Fight Terrors

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  • The TNI's joint special operations unit carries out an anti-terror training at Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta, June 9, 2015. TEMPO/Dian Triyuli Handoko

    The TNI's joint special operations unit carries out an anti-terror training at Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta, June 9, 2015. TEMPO/Dian Triyuli Handoko

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was weighing the reinstatement of the National Military (TNI) Joint Special Operations Command Unit (Koopssusgab) to combat terrorism in the wake of Tuesday's Mako Brimob rioting.

    “I mentioned it to the president and he seemed interested in reactivating the unit,” said Moeldoko today at the Bina Graha Building in Jakarta.

    Moeldoko explained he pitched the idea to the president as the present global situation called for the existence of such unit. 

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    “It was formed when I was the TNI Commander and it was not just an idea,” said Moeldoko.

    The elite joint operations unit, according to Moeldoko, comprised the Army's special forces Kopassus, the Navy's counter-terrorism unit Jalamangkara Detachment, and the Air Force's Bravo 90 Detachment. 

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    Moeldoko said the unit would map out certain regions and carry out rehearsals on a regular basis. He also underscored the issue of terrorism was no longer a potential threat but rather a factual one.

    Moeldoko officially introduced the Koopssusgab during his tenure as the TNI Commander in 2015, which was formed to quickly mobilize personnel and anticipate threats.

    FRISKI RIANA