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Aitarak (Indonesia)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 347
Country: Indonesia
Date formed: Feb. 23, 1999
Details of Formation: emerged as a pro-integration militia in Feb 1999, led by xxxwho later went on to command the umbrella Pro-Integration Fighters (cf). Subsequently relocated to East Timorese refugee camps in West Timor.
Date dissolved: Dec. 2, 1999
Details of Termination: officially disbanded Dec 13 1999 : This process was obviously not immediate it but it is clear that the military withdrew their support. Aitarak was still present in the refugee camps until mid-2000 at least, but it is unclear that they still had any link to the govt by this time. The military was rather trying to disarm and repatriate militia members. leader was arrested in 2001.
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): state/military institution
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel unclear
Types of Material Support: military
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: ideology; adolescents; criminals
Location: Ainaro, Dili (East Timor), West Timor
Force Strength: [1200, 1500]
Target(s): civilians; unarmed political opposition, government critics; rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; aid workers; international peacekeeping force; journalists
Purpose(s): protect national borders and integrity; intimidation of ethnic/religious groups
Other Information: intimidation of pro-independence civilians/voters. Responsible for scorched earth withdrawal after the independence referendum