Indonesia to moot new ASEAN intelligence sharing to track militants

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12: Indonesia will propose a broad intelligence-sharing initiative among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to deal with the rising threat of radical Islamist militants, its Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacuda said on Thursday. Unrest in the southern Philippines has unsettled neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia, as the three countries grapple with the possible rise of the Islamic State aided by local militants who have declared allegiance with the group. Mr. Ryacuda said he would propose an “Our Eyes” initiative at the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in the Philippines this month. “Be it maritime, air or intelligence… we will fine-tune this when we have deliberations and discussions at the ADMM,” he told a news conference at the launch of air patrols among Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. (Agencies)