Several Islamic organisations, including the Islam Jihad Front and Islamic Defenders Front, are openly recruiting fighters for a jihad in Indonesia’s Papuan provinces. Several other groups already have bases in the region. Last month the Indonesian parliament passed a controversial law that gives the military permission to mobilise civilian forces for national defence. Consequently, instead of functioning as proxies of the Indonesian military, these Islamic militias will now be able to fight openly and legally in co-operation with the Indonesian military to defend Indonesia from ‘separatists’, by which they mean the ethnic Melanesian and mostly Christian indigenous Papuans.
Source: Elizabeth Kendal at http://elizabethkendal.blogspot.com/