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  • Germany Not Cowed By Jihadists’ Hostage Execution Threat

    09/24/2014 8:38:18 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    AFP via Malysian Digest ^ | Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:29
    BERLIN: Germany said today it would not withdraw support for US action against jihadists in Iraq and Syria following a reported ultimatum from Philippine Islamist militants reportedly threatening to kill a German hostage. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said the German government had “heard about the report” but stressed that “threats are not an appropriate way to influence our policy in Syria and Iraq”. “There will be no change to our Syria and Iraq policy,” she added. A terrorism monitoring group reported yesterday that the extremists said they would kill one of two German hostages unless a 250 million pesos (US$5.62...
  • Philippine Leader Proposes Autonomous Muslim State To End Rebellion

    09/10/2014 7:24:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 10, 2014 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Philippine Leader Proposes Autonomous Muslim State To End Rebellion By CAROL J. WILLIAMS Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged lawmakers to swiftly enact a law granting autonomy to the Muslim region of Mindanao to quell more than 40 years of rebellion that has killed at least 150,000 people. The proposed law is modeled on one that pacified a similar Muslim insurgency in neighboring Indonesia's Aceh province in 2005. Philippines Muslim rebellion Philippine President Benigno Aquino III applauds the presentation Wednesday of a bill to create an autonomous Muslim state within the predominantly Roman Catholic country. (Jay Directo /...
  • Filipino Marines kill 6 Muslim extremists in clash

    02/09/2014 10:46:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2014 11:43 PM EST
    Philippine marines killed at least 6 Muslim extremists and captured one of their jungle lairs in fighting in the south, military officials said Monday. Backed by village militias, the marines launched an assault over the weekend after several Abu Sayyaf militants were monitored in their jungle lair near Talipao town on Jolo Island, marine brigade commander Col. Jose Cenabre said. …
  • Defense Department classifies Catholics, evangelicals as extremists

    04/06/2013 4:40:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 113 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/5/2013 | Lachlan Markay
    The Defense Department came under fire Thursday for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation that classified Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as “extremist” religious groups alongside al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan. The presentation detailed a number of extremist threats within the U.S. military, including white supremacist groups, street gangs, and religious sects. The presentation identified seventeen religious organizations in a slide titled “religious extremism.” They include al Qaeda, Hamas, the Filipino separatist group Abu Sayyaf, and the Ku Klux Klan, which the slide identifies as a Christian organization. “Religious extremism is not limited to any single religion, ethnic group, or...
  • Social Media, Terrorism Connect Too Well

    12/05/2012 12:51:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 28 replies ^ | Published 1:16 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Janine Zacharia
    SNIPPET: "Social media is no longer simply a fun way to share updates on the harmless idiosyncrasies of our lives. It can undermine national security, and there ought to be a more robust discussion between the Bay Area technology world and Washington on what to do about it. Cyber-terrorism, especially the potential for electronic tampering with U.S. industrial or military installations, is a paramount national security threat that Washington is working to forestall. We're all working to protect our accounts from hackers. But the cyber-threat getting far less public attention involves the social media networks we use every day and the...
  • Over 20 killed in military's day-long clashes w/ Abu Sayyaf (bloody Ramadan, Philippines "chapter")

    07/29/2012 11:27:12 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    MANILA, Philippines - Day-long clashes that erupted between elite government troops and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip, Basilan killed over 20 people, military officials said Thursday.. Troops from the 32nd Infantry Battalion sent to secure the detachment were also ambushed. At least four soldiers were killed in the clash while another one was wounded, Caber said. Just recently, armed men believed to be ASG bandits also attacked rubber tappers in Basilan, killing six.
  • Philippine military 'kills three wanted militants'

    02/02/2012 5:51:15 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Wire
    The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. The air raid took place on Thursday in an area known as a militant stronghold. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed. Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, who was on the US FBI's most wanted list with a $5m (£3.2m) reward offered for his capture, was reported killed. According to the military, the militants were killed in the town of Parang on Jolo island,...
  • Filipino militants free US teen after 5 months

    12/10/2011 12:13:05 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    A 14-year-old American boy who was abducted with his mother and cousin by suspected Muslim militants in the southern Philippines was released Saturday from five months of jungle captivity, the Philippine military said.
  • Hotel explosion kills 3, wounds 27 in Zamboanga

    11/27/2011 11:50:51 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies ^ | November 28, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "ZAMBOANGA CITY (2nd update, 1:56 p.m.) -- A powerful blast killed at least 3 people and wounded 27 others in a budget hotel packed with wedding guests in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday. The explosion, suspected to have been caused by a bomb, ignited a fire that gutted the two-story Atilano Pension House in downtown Zamboanga city late Sunday." SNIPPET: "Zamboanga city, a predominantly Christian trading hub 540 miles (860 kilometers) south of Manila, is located in a volatile region long troubled by a decades-long Muslim insurgency, extortion gangs and kidnap for ransom syndicates."

    05/09/2011 2:55:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via Washington ^ | May 8, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "They say they police intelligence unit arrested Asdatul Sahirun on Sunday at a shopping mall in the capital's Malate tourist district."
  • Blast in Philippine chapel injures 10

    12/25/2010 6:46:33 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 3+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/25/2010 | Winona Cueva
    <p>A blast at a Christmas Day Mass injured at least 10 people in southern Philippines, including the priest officiating the service, authorities said.</p> <p>An improvised explosive device tore off the right side of the chapel's roof, police said.</p>
  • Blast at Catholic church in Philippines [hint: it ain't the Amish]

    12/24/2010 7:35:12 PM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Thompson/Reuters ^ | Christmas Eve 2010 | Unk
    MANILA (Reuters) - A crude bomb exploded on Saturday in the roof of a Roman Catholic church at a police base on a Muslim-dominated southern island in the Philippines wounding six people, an army spokesman said.
  • 28 Nabbed by Feds at Fort Worth Site (Possible Terrorist Link)

    06/29/2002 6:27:07 AM PDT · by demkicker · 114 replies · 454+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | June 29, 2002 | Deanna Boyd
    June 29, 2002, 12:07AM 28 Nabbed by Feds at Fort Worth site Some may have ties to extremist group By DEANNA BOYD Copyright 2002 Fort Worth Star-Telegram FORT WORTH -- Federal agents raided an aviation repair facility at Fort Worth Meacham Airport on Friday morning, arresting 28 workers on immigration violations. Some of them, sources said, may be affiliated with a Muslim extremist group responsible for a string of kidnappings in the southern Philippines. Kathy Colvin, a spokeswoman with the U.S. attorney's office for Northern Texas, said federal felony charges will be filed Monday against some of the detained mechanics,...
  • Pershing's legacy remains

    02/18/2002 7:06:45 PM PST · by Oxylus · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 18, 2002 | Jim Gomez
    ZAMBOANGA, PHILIPPINES U.S. troops in the southern Philippines face the prospect of battle with descendants of the Muslim insurgents that brought U.S. General John "Black Jack" Pershing to the country more than a century ago. Before deploying to Basilan on the weekend, the Green Berets took seminars on the roots of Muslim rebellion in the poverty-wracked south as they brought Washington's war on terrorism to one of the most remote parts of the former U.S. colony. "It's an old war," said Datu Amil Jumaani, a Muslim professor who lectured the U.S. troops. Arab missionaries brought Islam to the Philippines in ...
  • Madhatta Haipe Extradited to U.S. for 1995 Hostage Taking Involving U.S. and Philippine Citizens

    08/31/2009 2:47:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 503+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Madhatta Haipe Extradited to U.S. for 1995 Hostage Taking Involving U.S. and Philippine Citizens WASHINGTON—The Justice Department today announced that Madhatta Haipe, a citizen of the Philippines, has been extradited from the Philippines to face trial in the District of Columbia for various crimes relating to the hostage taking of U.S. and Philippine citizens in 1995. Haipe was arrested Aug. 27 upon his arrival in the United States and is expected to make his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court in the District of Columbia to face a seven-count indictment filed on...
  • Young Abu Sayyaf member captured in Philippines

    07/27/2010 4:46:14 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07/26/2010 | Agence France-Presse
    ZAMBOANGA- Philippine police said Monday they have captured a member of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group who joined in the abduction and beheading of Christian workers when he was 14. The suspect, Jirome Mustakin, now 22, was arrested Sunday in the southern port city of Zamboanga as he waited to board a ferry heading across the sea border to Sabah in Malaysia, police said. "Mustakin was positively identified by a witness as one of those who were involved in the kidnapping," city police chief Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo told reporters. He said Mustakin was 14 when he joined...
  • Philippines: Islamist Militants Blamed For Beheadings (Abu Sayyaf Cuts Off Lumberjacks' Heads)

    06/13/2010 10:08:06 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies · 501+ views
    adnkronos ^ | June 12, 2010 | adnkronos
    Philippines: Islamist militants blamed for beheadings Manila, 12 June (AKI) - Islamist militants from the separatist Abu Sayyaf group have beheaded three civilians in the southern Philippines, the military officials said on Saturday. The three men were gathering wood near Maluso on the island of Basilan on Friday when they were abducted and executed by militants, Brigadier-General Eugene Clemen, a local marine commander, said. "We received reports this morning the three lumberjacks had been beheaded," Clemen said. The execution came less than two weeks after the group led Puruji Indama killed three people abducted in the nearby Sumisip town. Troops...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Several dead after Al Qaeda-linked militants bomb cathedral in Philippines

    04/15/2010 6:22:53 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 22 replies · 516+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Apr 15, 2010
    Manila, Philippines, Apr 15, 2010 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Abu Sayyaf militants conducted a bombing assault on Isabela City in the Philippines on Tuesday morning, killing several people and severely damaging the Cathedral of St. Isabel. The local bishop said the cathedral was “totally” damaged. At least 25 militants with the Al Qaeda-linked group, dressed in police and camouflaged military uniforms, set off two bombs that blew up a van and damaged the 40-year-old cathedral. A third bomb placed near a judge’s house and a bus terminal was safely detonated by soldiers.It was the worst attack by the group in...
  • Missionary recounts story of captivity by Muslim extremists in Philippines

    02/27/2010 10:31:34 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 765+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | February 27, 2010 | Greg Garrison
    Held hostage for 376 days by the Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, Gracia Burnham doesn't seem to tire of recounting the time she and her husband spent in the jungle with their kidnappers. It was the last year of her husband's life. Burnham conducted a three-day lecture series this week at Southeastern Bible College, discussing mission work, terrorism and her personal experiences. "I've been surprised our story keeps enduring," She wrote a best-selling book about her experiences, called "In the Presence of My Enemies," after she was rescued on June 7, 2002. Both she and her husband,...
  • 11 killed in militant attack in Philippines ( Muslims )

    02/27/2010 6:15:20 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 500+ views
    sify ^ | 2010-02-27
    At least 11 people including 10 civilians were killed and several injured Saturday when Muslim militants attacked a village in southern Philippines... About 70 Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebels swooped down at dawn on the village of Tubigan in Maluso town in Basilan province, 900 km south of Manila... 'Among the fatalities were a government militiaman and four children,' he said. 'Some of the injured were in serious condition.' the guerrillas burned down six houses and targeted the house of the village chieftain. Basilan Catholic Bishop Martin Jomoad said villagers had fled their homes for fear the guerrillas would return and...
  • Philippine Muslim rebels deny hand in jail break

    12/13/2009 10:47:23 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 7 replies · 522+ views
    AP Yahoo News ^ | Dec 13, 2009 | JIM GOMEZ
    MANILA, Philippines – Muslim rebels who have resumed peace talks with the Philippine government said Monday they were not behind a deadly jail break in the country's volatile south that freed 31 criminals and guerrillas, including militants accused of beheadings. About 70 attackers used a sledgehammer and bolt cutters Sunday to punch a hole in the provincial Basilan jail and spring 31 people, including alleged hard-core members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group, officials said. A guard and one of the attackers were killed as security forces dispatched helicopters to help track down the fleeing inmates, said Basilan Vice Gov....
  • Philippines: Jihad against school principals

    11/09/2009 2:05:24 AM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 907+ views
    (Agence France-Presse, November 8, 2009) via JIHAD ^ | Posted by Marisol on November 9, 2009 12:19 AM | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Philippines: Jihad against school principals This just in from our "This Is Why You're Poor" Department. Allah promised paradise to those who "slay and are slain" in the cause of jihad (Qur'an 9:111), but shooting your own society in the foot is also quite popular as a consequence. "Islamic rebels behead Philippine teacher: police," from Agence France-Presse, November 8: ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- The severed head of a school principal who was abducted by Islamic militants in the troubled southern Philippines was dumped in a petrol station on Monday, authorities said. The head of...
  • In The Presence of My Enemies: A Review of The Book

    10/23/2009 6:42:09 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 2 replies · 453+ views
    Abducted and held hostage by bloodthirsty Abu Sayyaf Islamic terrorists for a whole year, Gracia Burnham doesn't hold much back in her book: In The Presence of My Enemies.The Abu Sayyaf is an Islamic terrorist group in the southern Philippines with ties to Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.The horrible ordeal began in late May of 2001.Martin and Gracia Burnham were celebrating their 18th Wedding Anniversary at the Dos Palmas Resort, when they and several others were abducted and taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf.They were forced to experience and witness the most cruel sufferings and humiliation. Of fellow hostages and themselves.Throughout the ordeal, as Gracia Burnham...
  • Landmine kills U.S. soldier in Philippines

    09/28/2009 9:55:58 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 17 replies · 951+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2008
    MANILA (Reuters) - One U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded in a landmine explosion in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, a Philippine army spokesman said. Lieutenant-Colonel Romeo Brawner said three Filipino soldiers were also wounded when the vehicle they were riding in struck an improvised landmine near Indanan town on the island of Jolo, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf militants.
  • [Filipino] Military pursuing fleeing bandits in Sulu (Abu Sayyaf)

    09/22/2009 4:04:37 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 406+ views
    BusinessWorld Online ^ | 09/23/2009 (Filipino time) | Darwin T. Wee
    ZAMBOANGA CITY — The military assault against fleeing bandits in Sulu is continuing even after soldiers have overran their main camp. Major General Benjamin D. Dolorfino, Western Mindanao Command chief, told BusinessWorld Sunday’s capture of the main Abu Sayyaf camp was a major blow to terrorism, citing the earlier capture of another main camp in neighboring Basilan province last August.... At least 17 bandits were immediately killed during the half-day clash, while others scattered and escaped. The bandits retaliated on Monday, ambushing a band of Marines who were headed to their base at 2 p.m. Eight soldiers and five bandits...
  • 8 Marines [Philippine, NOT American Marines] killed in Abu Sayyaf ambush in Sulu

    09/21/2009 10:04:31 PM PDT · by bushpilot1 · 17 replies · 2,000+ views
    GMA News ^ | 22 sep 2009 | GMA
    Eight Marine soldiers were killed Monday afternoon in an ambush staged by Abu Sayyaf bandits in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, military officials said. AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col, Romeo Brawner Jr, said troops from the 4th Marine Battalion Landing Team were on their way to their base when they were waylaid by the Abu Sayyaf at Sitio Talatac in Bato-bato village around 1:30 p.m. Lt. Col. Ariel Caculitan, head of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4 (MBLT 4), said his men were able to return fire, resulting to the death of five bandits. “Five died on...

    05/11/2002 9:51:36 PM PDT · by glorygirl · 10 replies · 1,067+ views
    KTVT-TV, Dallas ^ | 5/10/02 | CBS 11
    Ever since the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, critics have contended that more people were involved than Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. A recent federal lawsuit alleges that Iraqi agents also played a role and McVeigh’s former defense attorney claims that prior to the bombing Nichols made contact with international terrorists. In a special report CBS 11’s Steve Narisi says the trail some investigators are following leads to the Philippines. “The U.S. Government has contended all along that any link between Nichols and Islamic extremists is strictly coincidental. During Nichols and McVeigh’s trial, the court didn’t allow...
  • Scores of Filipino troops, [Islamic] militants die in clash

    08/12/2009 10:47:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 636+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 08/13/2009 | Jim Gomez
    Philippine troops suffered some of their worst losses in an offensive against al-Qaida-linked militants on a southern island in which at least 23 soldiers and 20 guerrillas were killed, officials said Thursday. Troops continued to scour the battlefield following clashes Wednesday with Abu Sayyaf militants in two of their jungle camps on Basilan Island, and the tally of slain guerrillas could rise, said regional military commander Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino. "It was a slugfest," Dolorfino told The Associated Press by telephone. "It was really close-quarter fighting so we couldn't use our artillery," he said, adding troops were pursuing small pockets...
  • Military: Abu Sayyaf gone by yearend

    07/19/2009 5:49:33 PM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies · 396+ views
    Philippine Daily Inquirer | 07/20/2009 | Jocelyn Uy
    MANILA, Philippines—The military Sunday vowed to crush the extremist Abu Sayyaf group by the end of the year. "We are confident we can handle this problem of the Abu Sayyaf," said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. He said the military will launch an "all-out effort" to defeat the al-Qaida-linked group responsible for the worst terrorist attacks in the Philippines. Following the release last week of Italian Eugenio Vagni, the last of three International Committee of the Red Cross workers abducted by the Abu Sayyaf on Jan. 15, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. ordered...
  • Russian Mafia Has Kremlin Connections

    05/01/2002 12:04:17 PM PDT · by Ivan the Terrible · 6 replies · 336+ views ^ | March 20, 2002 | Col. Stanislav Lunev
    Last week, a Swiss prosecutor found former Kremlin aide and present Secretary General of the Union between Russia and Belarus, Pavel Borodin, guilty of money laundering. Prosecutor Bernard Bertossa convicted Borodin and ordered him to pay a fine of 300,000 Swiss francs ($177,000). Switzerland issued an international arrest warrant for Borodin in December 1999 on suspicion of laundering up to $30 million linked to a lucrative Kremlin renovation contract awarded to two Swiss-based construction companies. He was arrested in New York in January 2001 and extradited to Switzerland in early April. After spending a few days behind bars, he was...
  • Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade

    02/25/2002 8:08:26 PM PST · by Wallaby · 8 replies · 1,121+ views
    Africa News | February 25, 2002 | The East African
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade The East African Africa News February 25, 2002 Monday Kenya L AST WEEKEND'S arrest of Kenyan-born Sanjivan Ruprah, who is alleged to be a part of a major arms smuggling operation to Africa, has brought into the open the extent of the multi-million dollar illegal business. The whereabouts of Bout remain unknown. Some media reports say he is in Moscow, while others say he is in the Congo or the United Arab Emirates. An international ...
  • Filipino Militants Behead Kidnapped Farmer: Police [Islamic Serpent in Garden of Civilization]

    05/17/2009 8:12:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 739+ views
    AP Report ^ | May 17th 2009
    Filipino Militants Behead Kidnapped Farmer: Police By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 17, 2009 ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police recovered the severed head of a farm owner kidnapped by Muslim militants and authorities said Monday he was likely beheaded because his family failed to pay ransom. Doroteo Gonzales, 61, was snatched by gunmen April 25 from his house in southern Zamboanga city and brought to nearby Basilan Island, where al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels are holding at least five other people in a surge of ransom kidnappings. The gunmen were believed to have links to the Abu Sayyaf, and Gonzales...
  • Police rescue ICRC worker from Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

    04/19/2009 5:51:45 AM PDT · by csvset · 196+ views
    GMA News ^ | 4-18-2009 | Al Jacinto
    (UPDATE) ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - One of two foreign Red Cross workers being held captive by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippine province of Sulu was rescued early Saturday, official said. Swiss Andreas Notter was rescued by police and civilian auxiliaries early Saturday as his captors tried to spirit him out of a police cordon at around 5.30 a.m. in Indanan town, said Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno, confirming earlier reports attributed to unnamed police officials. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding Italian Eugenio Vagni, but he was not with the group that held Notter, said the official, who asked...
  • Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen kill 2 Filipino farmers

    04/14/2009 3:19:43 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 495+ views
    (AP) via YNET ^ | 04.13.09, 11:27 / Israel News | n/a
    Al-Qaeda-linked militants have killed two farmers, one of whom they kidnapped during an attack on a Christian village in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday.
  • Abu Sayyaf’s new generation threatens Philippines

    03/24/2009 6:51:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 276+ views
    AP ^ | March 14, 2009
    MANILA, Philippines -- Not long ago, the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group was dismissed as all but dead, thanks to a much-heralded joint effort against terrorism by the U.S. and the Philippine military. Now there is fear that the Abu Sayyaf may be coming back. The group is blamed for a spate of kidnappings in recent months, including the latest -- that of a Sri Lankan peace worker on southern Basilan Island last month. Abu Sayyaf raised more than $1.5 million last year through ransoms, and its ranks rose to 400 members last year from 383 in 2007, a confidential government...
  • Gems, AlQaida And Murder. Mystery Over Killing Of Osama Bin Laden's Friend

    03/01/2007 5:04:58 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 814+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-2-2007 | NickFleming
    Gems, al-Qaida and murder. Mystery over killing of Osama Bin Laden's friend · Saudi man's death was political, say his family· US secret service was monitoring his activities Nick Fielding Friday March 2, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Pallbearers carry the coffin of Muhammad Jamal Khalifa at Ivato airport in Antananarivo, in Madagascar. Photograph: Jasleen Sethi/Reuters When Muhammad Jamal Khalifa was found dead at a remote gemstone mine in south-eastern Madagascar at the end of January, local police quickly put the murder down to a business deal gone wrong. The Saudi businessman, 49, had had to call in local police to...
  • Al Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is making a comeback

    02/21/2009 5:39:19 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 1 replies · 226+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 21, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Al Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is making a comeback. Terrorists are like cockroaches. Just when you think you have them eradicated, a new bunch reappear. The Al Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is making a resurgence in the Philippines. With US assistance,the Philippine military had this terrorst organization on the ropes in recent years. The Phillippines will need assistance once again to defeat Abu Sayyaf. With President Obama wanting to scale back military operations and spending, this assistance may not materialize.
  • Moro Islamic Liberation Front and its jihadi child-soldiers

    12/12/2008 2:42:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 42 replies · 14,136+ views
    REUTERS via JIHAD ^ | December 12, 2008 | n/a
    <p>ARTICLE SNIPPET: ""When we met with the leadership of the MILF, they agreed that they had children in their midst and they agreed to enter into an action plan with a UN country team to ensure the separation of the children from their ranks and their return to civilian life," she said...</p>
  • Threat Matrix: September 2008

    09/03/2008 6:13:02 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 926 replies · 12,869+ views
    How The West Was Won The rapid and unexpected decline of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq was officially recognized this week, when Maj. Gen. John Kelly, commanding the Marine Expeditionary Force, turned operational control of Anbar Province over to the Iraqi army and police. Anbar, a vast expanse of desert the size of North Carolina, had been the stronghold of the Sunni insurgency. For years, foreign fighters loyal to al-Qaida had sneaked across Iraq's northwestern border with Syria, into Anbar and down a "rat line" of safe houses in Haditha, Ramadi and Hit. From Fallujah, the arch terrorist Zarqawi...
  • 8 Killed In New (Islamic) Bombing In Southern Philippines

    09/01/2008 4:11:13 AM PDT · by Righting · 3 replies · 356+ views
    mindanaoexaminer ^ | September 01, 2008
    8 Killed In New Bombing In Southern Philippines Monday, September 01, 2008 04:11:12 PM DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 1, 2008) – A homemade bomb explosion Monday ripped through a commuter bus, killing at least 8 people in the southern Philippines, where security forces are battling Moro rebels, officials said. Officials said the bombing targeted the bus owned by Metro Shuttle in Digos City in Davao del Sur province. At least seven people were seriously wounded in the attack. The bombing occurred at a bus depot shortly before 3 p.m., according to Army Col. Roland Bautista, of the...
  • Key ['Valentines Day'] bombing [that massacred 116] [Islamist] suspect deported from Bahrain

    08/31/2008 6:11:21 AM PDT · by Righting · 7 replies · 415+ views ^ | August 30, 2008
    Key bombing suspect deported from Bahrain By ARIS R. ILAGAN & YUL MALICSE One of the alleged masterminds of a ferry bombing that killed 116 people four years ago and the Makati Valentines Day bombing in 2005 was captured in Bahrain and deported to the Philippines, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC), said yesterday.
  • Military claims to have found Dulmatin's body in Tawi-Tawi (Bali Bomber)

    02/19/2008 5:05:09 AM PST · by Dog · 25 replies · 366+ views ^ | 2/19/08
    (Updated 8:30 a.m.) A body believed to be that of Indonesian terrorist leader Dulmatin, wanted for the October 2002 Bali bombings, was recovered Monday afternoon by a joint military team in Tawi-Tawi province. Intelligence reports said the body was found 1:30 p.m. at the vicinity of Sitio Salisit in Balimbing village, Panglima Sugala town in Tawi-Tawi. "(The) said corpse was jointly identified by informants with notable wounds in the head, chest and right foot to include clothing in physical characteristics matched with previous revelations," the report said. The body was exhumed for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing for confirmation. Reached for...
  • Italy priest freed in Philippines

    07/19/2007 6:42:56 PM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies · 288+ views
    BBC ^ | 19 July 2007 | BBC
    An Italian priest, Giancarlo Bossi, who was kidnapped at gunpoint in the southern Philippines last month, has been freed. The news was announced by the Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, and coincides with the 87th birthday of Father Bossi's mother. Fourteen government soldiers were killed last week as they searched for the priest. The Philippine army blamed their deaths on Islamists linked to al-Qaeda. Father Bossi, who plans to meet with his parishioners before heading back to Italy to see his family, said his captors treated him "with respect." "I never had the sensation that they wanted to kill...
  • Philippines arrests (Abu Sayyaf) militant over murder of Americans: military

    01/03/2008 8:41:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 240+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/3/08 | AFP
    ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine troops have arrested a senior Islamic militant over the kidnap and killing of a group of tourists, including two Americans, in 2001, a military statement said Friday. Soldiers backed by police raided a hideout of the Al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf group in southern Margosatubig island on Thursday, the statement said. Troops arrested Abu Sayyaf commander Tuatin Anahaly and seized a cache of weapons including a pistol that he was carrying, near the city of Zamboanga. Anahaly has been on the run since a two-million-peso (48,700-dollar) bounty was placed on this head over his role in...
  • Abu Sayyaf leader killed in Philippine clash (senior Al-Qaeda - was wanted by US gov't)

    12/16/2007 7:04:01 PM PST · by jdm · 16 replies · 144+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec. 16, 2007 | Staff
    A senior Islamic militant, wanted by the US government, has been killed in a clash with the Philippine military in the nation's restive south, an official said Sunday. Abdul Mubin Sakandal, a leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, was killed during a joint navy and marine operation on the remote island of Tawi-Tawi, a military official said. Sakandal, also known as Abdurajak Mobin, had allegedly helped carry out a string of high-profile kidnappings of foreigners from resort islands in neighboring Malaysia and from the Philippine isle of Palawan. "Our naval elements neutralized Mobin ... during a dragnet operation at...
  • Bomb targeted Philippine lawmaker with ties to al-Qaeda (Mr. Akbar, member of the Abu Sayyaf)

    11/14/2007 5:59:07 AM PST · by IrishMike · 7 replies · 147+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Romeo Gacad
    MANILA - A controversial Muslim congressman was the target of a powerful bomb blast outside the Philippine House of Representatives that killed him and two others, police said this morning. Wahab Akbar, one of the most influential figures in the Philippines' restive south, died in hospital last night as doctors fought to save his life. A driver and a congressional aide were also killed. Nine other people were injured in the blast, which hit the south lobby of the sprawling complex in the capital Manila just minutes after most congressmen had left for the evening. Manila police Chief Geary Barias...
  • The Future of the [global] War on [Islamic] Terror that the Media Isn't Reporting

    11/03/2007 11:34:11 PM PDT · by Posting · 6 replies · 182+ views
    This week the Pentagon released official figures on how dramatically the security situation has improved in Iraq. Terrorist attacks, secular violence, road-side bombings, Iraqi civilian deaths and U.S. casualties are all down. The announcement received scant notice from the so-called mainstream media. About the only news from the global war on radical Islamic terror to receive less attention this week was the erroneously headlined story on the Associated Press wire: “Army Captain from Fort Lewis, WA, Drowns in the Philippines.” The item immediately captured my attention for two reasons. First, the struggle against Islamic terror in the Philippines is the...
  • Philippine troops kill 11 Abu Sayyaf gunmen

    12/06/2001 11:38:06 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 177+ views
    Reuters | December 7, 2001
    ISABELA, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine special forces troops on Friday killed 11 members of the Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim guerrilla group holding an American couple hostage on a southern island, officials said. Troops from the Light Reaction Company, a crack special forces team trained by the U.S. military, tracked down a band of Abu Sayyaf men on the outskirts of Isabela town and killed 11 of them in a 15-minute gunfight, Lieutenant-General Roy Cimatu told reporters. The bodies of two of the rebels were found while the retreating guerrillas took away the rest of the dead, said Cimatu, the ...
  • Abu bomber nabbed on Metro-bound ship (Abu Sayyaf suspect busted on a ferry)

    08/24/2007 4:03:25 AM PDT · by happinesswithoutpeace · 5 replies · 428+ views
    Manila Standard Today ^ | Friday, August 24, 2007 | Joyce Pangco Pañares
    TAGBILARAN CITY—Police on Wednesday arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber on a ferry in Cebu on his way to Metro Manila with “enough explosives to kill hundreds of people,” an official said yesterday. Police arrested the man a day before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrived in Bohol Thursday for the first Local Peace and Security Assembly. National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales described him as a Muslim in his early 20s. “I cannot divulge the name yet because the investigation is still ongoing,” Gonzales said. “We suspect that he is a member of the Abu Sayyaf and he was on his...