US names In­done­sian group as ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion

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WASHINGTON

-- Pres­i­dent Barack Obama says he hopes Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump will "get to work" try­ing to pre­vent Rus­sia from in­ter­fer­ing again in a U.S. elec­tion.

Obama is be­ing asked about rev­e­la­tions that top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials last week told Trump about an un­sub­stan­ti­ated re­port that Rus­sia had com­pro­mis­ing per­sonal and fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion about him. Obama tells NBC News he doesn't com­ment on clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

But Obama says he or­dered the re­cent re­port into Rus­sian hack­ing be­cause he wanted ev­ery­one to un­der­stand what hap­pened so steps will be taken to en­sure it doesn't hap­pen again.

He says his hope and ex­pec­ta­tion is that work will con­tinue af­ter he leaves of­fice. He says Congress and the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion should "take it se­ri­ously" and re­in­force mech­a­nisms that can pro­tect US democ­racy.

(AP)

JAKARTA,

In­done­sia -- The United States has des­ig­nated an In­done­sian rad­i­cal net­work be­hind an at­tack in Jakarta as a ter­ror­ist group and an­nounced sanc­tions on four mil­i­tants in an ef­fort to dis­rupt Is­lamic State group op­er­a­tions and re­cruit­ment in Aus­tralia and South­east Asia.

The an­nounce­ments by the Depart­ment of State and Trea­sury Depart­ment come af­ter po­lice in Aus­tralia and In­done­sia foiled IS-in­spired at­tacks planned for the holiday sea­son in those coun­tries.

The State Depart­ment said Tues­day it has des­ig­nated the IS-af­fil­i­ated Ja­maah An­sharut Daulah as a ter­ror­ist group, which in prac­tice pro­hibits U.S. ci­ti­zens be­ing in­volved with it and en­ables the freez­ing of any prop­erty in the U.S.

JAD mil­i­tants are be­lieved re­spon­si­ble for a Jan­uary 2016 at­tack in the In­done­sian cap­i­tal that killed eight peo­ple in­clud­ing the at­tack­ers.

Trea­sury an­nounced sanc­tions against two Aus­tralians, both pre­vi­ously be­lieved killed in the Mid­dle East, and two In­done­sians, one of whom is in prison in In­done­sia.

The state­ments did not say whether the four had any as­sets within U.S. ju­ris­dic­tion. How­ever, the steps show con­tin­ued U.S. com­mit­ment to anti-ter­ror ef­forts in Aus­tralia and In­done­sia.

The U.S. and Aus­tralia were in­stru­men­tal in up­grad­ing In­done­sia's counter-ter­ror­ism ca­pa­bil­i­ties fol­low­ing the 2002 bomb­ings on the tourist is­land of Bali that killed 202 peo­ple, mostly for­eign­ers.

The sanc­tioned Aus­tralians are Neil Christo­pher Prakash, also known as Khaled Al-Cam­bodi, who was the se­nior Aus­tralian re­cruiter for IS, and Khaled Shar­rouf, an IS­fighter in Syria and Iraq since 2014 who car­ried out ex­e­cu­tions for IS.

The In­done­sians are Bahrum Syah, who sent funds to mil­i­tants in In­done­sia from Syria, and his men­tor Aman Ab­dur­rah­man, who from prison has re­cruited mil­i­tants to the IS cause, au­tho­rized at­tacks and was IS's main trans­la­tor in In­done­sia.

(AP)

(Wu Dengfeng/Xin­hua via AP, File)

In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo re­leased by China's Xin­hua news agency, China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaon­ing, is an­chored in the north­ern port in Qing­dao, east China's Shan­dong Prov­ince. Taiwan's de­fense min­istry said China's sole aircraft carrier on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 11, 2017 was tran­sit­ing the Taiwan Strait amid height­ened ten­sions be­tween the main­land and self-gov­ern­ing is­land it claims as its own ter­ri­tory.

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