Indonesian Islamic State militants fighting in Yemen
As shown in the video, during one of the raids against radical Islamists, the Houthis found Indonesian rupees and an identity card in the name of Syamsul Hadi Anwar.
The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) said that Samsul Hadi, also known as Abu Hatim Al Sundawy Al Indonesy, is a high-ranking member of IS. Previously, he studied at the Islamic boarding school. Ibn Masuda in Sukadjaya village, Tamansari district, Bogor district of West Java province.
Syamsul moved to Yemen recently, and before that he lived for 4 years in Syria.
“When IS began to weaken in Iraq and Syria, some of its members left for other conflict countries.”
📍 400 to 600 Indonesian fighters and their families are still in the Middle East. In February, the Indonesian government announced that it would not repatriate its citizens who joined IS abroad.