Brunei. During the year, media reports revealed that militant Islamist group Jemaa Islamiyya, which is suspected to be behind the recent terrorist attacks in Indonesia, was planning to establish a Southeast Asian Muslim caliphate in which Brunei would be included. The Ministry of Security said that despite threats, there is no extremist or terrorist activity in the country. They also called on the public to report “suspicious activities”.
According to Countryaah.com, Brunei Independence Day is February 23. A battalion of the British Cucumber Brigade in Brunei will remain in the country until September 2008, according to an agreement signed during the year between Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Sultan really wanted more Cucumber soldiers. Since Brunei became independent in 1984, the British soldiers have been working primarily to protect the country’s oil field.