Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | 06:33 WIB

Reviving TNI Joint Special Operations Command to Combat Terrorists

Former commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) who is now the Chief of Staff of the Presidency (KSP) Moeldoko.

JAKARTA, NNC - Former commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) who is now the Chief of Staff of the Presidency (KSP) Moeldoko wants to revive the elite unit of TNI Joint Special Operations Command (Koopssusgab) from the three forces to combat terrorism crime.

"I have already reported to President Joko Widodo yesterday, and he is interested. We will discuss it with the TNI Commander [Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto]," Moeldoko said at the Vice President's Office in Jakarta on Wednesday (5/16/2018).

Koopssusgab TNI was formed by Moeldoko when he served as TNI commander in 2015, to face the problem of counterterrorism in Indonesia. Koopssusgab consists of 90 best soldiers from Army Special Force Command (Kopassus), Navy Counterterrorism Elite Special Operation Force (Denjaka AL) and Air Force Special Forces Corps (Paskhas AU).

At the inauguration of Koopssusgab three years ago, the joint forces were given training and coaching to be able to draft terrorism doctrine and mapping; so when the threat of terror arises, the troops can be deployed quickly.

The Koopssusgab was then put on alert in the Sentul area of West Java, to practice with operational status, so that it could be deployed at all times in the anti-terror process.

But Moledoko said the combined forces had been frozen, so it needs President Joko Widodo's consent to revive.

"It seems to have been frozen. [We] need to report to the President again," added Moeldoko, as quoted by Antara.