Philippines sign “peace deal”, Muslims continue waging jihad

As we noted on the so-called “peace” deal that gives jihadists a more powerful, better-funded and larger Islamic region, there is no peace in Islam:

“We will continue the struggle. What we want is an Islamic state, an Islamic people, an Islamic constitution.”

Even if they die trying. via Philippine Security Forces Kill 40 Muslim Rebels –

Roughly 40 rebels have been killed in recent days as a fresh round of fighting between Philippine security forces and Muslim separatists erupted in several towns in the neighboring southern provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato, the military said Thursday.

Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told The Wall Street Journal that the police and military launched a joint offensive last Sunday on strongholds of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, or BIFF, to put a stop to the Muslim separatist group’s “terroristic attacks in the area.”

BIFF is a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF, the largest Muslim rebel group with which the government has signed a peace deal to end the decades-long separatist conflict in the resource-rich southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The attack came a day after the government and the MILF signed in Malaysia the last of the four annexes to the peace agreement reached in 2012.

Lt. Col. Zagala said the BIFF has been trying to disrupt the peace process by attacking government forces. “These acts cannot be tolerated,” he said.

Muslim rebels have injured 13 and killed one of the government’s forces.

Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry Division, said that security forces have captured several rebel strongholds, including a facility believed to be used in making improvised bombs. He said the military operation was supposed to end this Wednesday but was extended to Saturday.

Philippine “peace” deal gives jihadists more powerful, better-funded and potentially larger Muslim region

Peace deal or surrender? Just a few months ago jihadists occupied five districts in Zamboanga City shutting the city down. And Muslims are already scoffing at the peace deal:

“We will continue the struggle. What we want is an Islamic state, an Islamic people, an Islamic constitution.”

From the “Terrorism Pays” department, via Philippines, Muslim rebels clinch peace deal

The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group completed talks Saturday on a deal to end four decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people and helped foster Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia.

The accord between Filipino negotiators and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front calls for Muslim self-rule in parts of the southern Philippines in exchange for the deactivation of the rebel force. Military presence in the proposed autonomous region would be restricted.

Much now will depend on how the accord is enforced, in particular whether the 11,000-strong rebel forces are able to maintain security in areas that would come under their control. At least four other smaller Muslim rebel groups are still fighting Manila’s rule in the southern Mindanao region, and could act as spoilers.

Officials from both sides announced the conclusion of talks in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, which has brokered the years-long negotiations. The accord and three other pacts signed last year make up a final peace agreement that is to be signed in the Philippine capital, Manila, possibly next month, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

“This will give the just and lasting peace that our brothers in Mindanao are seeking.” said Lacierda, referring to the volatile southern region and homeland of minority Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

Under the peace deal, the Moro insurgents agreed to end violence in exchange for broader autonomy. An existing five-province Muslim autonomous region is to be replaced by a more powerful, better-funded and potentially larger region to be called Bangsamoro.

Despite the milestone, both the government and the rebels acknowledged that violence would not end overnight in a region that has long grappled with a volatile mix of crushing poverty, huge numbers of illegal firearms, clan wars and weak law enforcement.

One rebel group vowed to keep fighting.

“We will continue the struggle,” said Abu Misri, spokesman of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement, which broke off from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front three years ago. What we want is an Islamic state, an Islamic people, an Islamic constitution,” he told The Associated Press by telephone Saturday. Continue reading

Philippine Stock Exchange panders to Muslims with sharia-compliant stock list

Dhimmis for dollars. via PSE readies list of Shariah-compliant stocks –

MANILA – The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) will release a list of Shariah-compliant stocks this month to draw Muslim investors to the stock market.

On the sidelines of the PSE Bell Awards last Tuesday night, bourse president Hans B. Sicat told reporters the exchange tapped a third-party consulting firm to assist the exchange in selecting companies that will be part of the list.

“In about two weeks, we’ll make the formal launch. Our deadline is at the end of the month,” Sicat said, without elaborating.

Shariah is the moral code and religious law of Muslims. Shariah-compliant equities do not derive sales from alcohol, pork products, pornography, gambling and armaments. There are also restrictions on interest-related income.

In case bourse president Hans B Sicat wasn’t aware, 109,000 civilians were displaced by 200 Muslim separatists who want Islamic sharia law in the southern Philippines in September. In that latest siege, Muslims waged jihad, occupying five districts in Zamboanga City.

That’s some moral code.

Much more by clicking the Philippines link below.

109,000 civilians displaced by 200 Muslim separatists in southern Philippines

Why the Western media blackout on this Islamic siege that shut down an entire city? via Why the Conflict in the Southern Philippines Is Far From Over |

Nineteen days have passed since around 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels marched on the City Hall there and tried to raise the “Bangsamoro Republik” flag to signal independence from the Manila government. Fifteen soldiers and police now are now dead along with at least 126 rebel fighters, while 109,000 civilians have been displaced into squalid camps amid a growing “humanitarian crisis,” according to the U.N. 

Rebel numbers have been swelled by reinforcements since the original confrontation on Sept. 9, and although almost 300 MNLF fighters have surrendered or been captured, a significant number remain at large, using Christian hostages as human shields. Zamboanga City is a tropical trading post of around a million people and the principle hub of the national sardine industry. Today, however, gunfire and the stench of rotting corpses characterize the Philippines’ third largest city, situated on the island of Mindanao.

Around 70,000 people are being housed under tarpaulin hastily erected across the bleachers and turf of the city’s main sports stadium. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warns of a real risk of disease outbreaks and an urgent need for food, drinking water, health services, cooking utensils and other necessities. Carlos Conde, the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch, says the situation is deteriorating quickly with children especially hard-hit. In addition, “we are seeing a rise in gender-based violence because of the length of time people are staying there — rape and molestation are expected to increase,” he says.

More: ‘It ain’t over in Zamboanga’

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—It ain’t over.

After almost three weeks of fighting, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Saturday clarified the government had accomplished its mission to free all the hostages of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) but the “work is not yet over.”

In a press briefing here on Saturday, Gazmin said the government had accounted for all the hostages but had yet to complete house-to-house clearing operations 20 days after the rebels assaulted the third largest city in the Philippines and took an estimated 195 hostages.

The fighting that ensued left about 218 dead, wounded hundreds more, and sent more than 100,000 residents fleeing to evacuation centers.

The rebel assault, apparently aimed at thwarting a government peace plan with another Muslim separatist group, ground this city of more than a million residents virtually to a halt, razed 10,000 homes and reduced 30 to 40 hectares of once thriving communities to rubble.

It was one of the bloodiest and longest-running attacks by an Islamic separatist group in the south, the scene of a centuries-long Muslim rebellion for self-rule in this largely Catholic country.

More background here.

Philippines: Jihad displaces more than 62,000 in latest Muslim uprising

Religion of disturbing the peace. And death and destruction. via 56 dead as Philippine troops start to fight their way into rebel-held villages

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — Philippine troops have started to battle their way into coastal villages in the south where Muslim rebels have held scores of residents hostage in a six-day standoff, sparking fierce clashes that have killed 56 people and displaced more than 60,000, officials said Saturday.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said government forces surrounding about 200 fighters from a Moro National Liberation Front rebel faction have started to advance and slowly retake rebel-held areas and clear roads in villages in the coastal outskirts of Zamboanga, a major port city.

President Benigno Aquino III said more firefights were expected but assured more than 62,000 displaced villagers being sheltered at a sports complex in Zamboanga city that the rebels’ capability to sow trouble has been degraded and the government was working to end the crisis soon.

A sharp increase from a day earlier via the affected city’s Twitter account


Earlier in the week we told you the city was under siege from Muslim terrorists who want an autonomous Islamic region. Philippines: Muslims wage jihad, occupy five districts in Zamboanga City. Since then the Muslim “rebels” have taken more than 100 hostages and held them despite a truce.

via Philippine clashes erupt despite truce effort

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Muslim rebels holding more than 100 people hostage in the southern Philippines exchanged gunfire with government troops Saturday despite efforts by the country’s vice president to arrange a cease-fire and end the six-day standoff.

The standoff began Monday when about 200 fighters from a Moro National Liberation Front rebel faction stormed several coastal communities in Zamboanga city and seized residents. The military says 22 people, including 15 rebels, have since been killed in sporadic clashes between the guerrillas and troops who have surrounded them.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said rebel leader Nur Misuari agreed to a truce late Friday by telephone, and he relayed the news to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who has been helping deal with the crisis in Zamboanga city, a major port. Binay said he planned to fly to Zamboanga Saturday to help the negotiations.

But Gazmin said the rebels have continued to fire in violation of the agreement.

“Everybody wants peace, to stop this without more bloodshed,” Gazmin told DZBB radio network. “But as we speak, there’s firing so there’s no cease-fire. We agreed that government forces will not fire only if the MNLF will not open fire.”

President Benigno Aquino III flew to Zamboanga earlier Friday to visit government troops and some of the 24,000 residents displaced by the violence. He warned in a speech that his government won’t hesitate to use force to end the most serious security crisis his administration has faced since he came to power in 2010.

There was also fighting on Friday, and ABS-CBN TV reported that voices presumably of hostages were heard shouting “cease fire, cease fire.” One government soldier was reportedly wounded.

The Moro National Liberation Front rebels have been overshadowed by a rival group in talks with the government for a new minority Muslim autonomy deal.

Misuari signed a peace deal in 1996, but the guerrillas did not lay down their arms and later accused the government of reneging on a promise to develop long-neglected Muslim regions in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation. The government says Misuari kept on stalling and making new demands.

Misuari has not been seen in public since the standoff began.

“There are lines they should not cross,” Aquino said of the rebels. He said the government would be obligated to use “the force of the state” if those lines are crossed.

The U.S. has troops in the Philippines.


Philippines: Muslims wage jihad, occupy five districts in Zamboanga City

They want an independent, sharia-run Mindanao. Coming to a Muslim enclave in the US by 2050? via More troop reinforcement in Zamboanga | ABS-CBN News.

Government soldiers move with armored personnel carriers to reinforce forces battling the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF rebels in Zamboanga City on Tuesday. Sporadic gunfire erupted between soldiers and Muslim rebels occupying five districts of the city.

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels held some civilians hostage in Zamboanga City after a clash with government troops erupted Sunday evening.
Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco said at least 20 civilians are now being used as “human shields” by the MNLF rebels who are trying to take over the city.

Climaco said she received a report that a soldier died but she has no figures on the number of injured. She said some 400 MNLF rebels are involved in the ongoing skirmishes.

ABS-CBN News Zamboanga reports 2 civilians died and 4 were wounded after rebels attacked jeepney passengers in Barangay Talon-Talon.

Watch video here.

Filipino Muslims wage jihad on Malaysian town, villagers flee

Unreported by Western media, another front in the ever-expanding jihad by Muslims leaves a trail of dead bodies and creates new refugees. This time in Malaysia.

Update: Filipino militant incursion toll rises to 60 after clashes in Malaysia


via Villagers flee Sabah towns as Malaysia, Philippines fail to calm Sulu forces – h/t kb

Semporna, Malaysia – Terrified Malaysians fled a town where the bodies of gunmen lay in the streets Monday as the Philippines called for its neighbor to show “maximum tolerance” for Islamic Filipino intruders.

A total of 27 people have been reported killed after two deadly shootouts in Malaysia’s state of Sabah on Borneo island, where militants landed on February 12 and claimed the state on behalf of the heir to a former Philippine sultanate. Journalists saw convoys of armed vehicles moving toward affected areas after Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose government was scrambling to contain Malaysia’s worst security crisis in years, ordered strengthened security in the state.

Dispatching Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to Malaysia, the Philippine government called the deaths “deeply regrettable” and urged “maximum tolerance in dealing with the remaining members” of the sultan’s group. It also prodded Malaysia for more information on the confused situation on the ground and asked that a Philippine naval ship be allowed to land to provide humanitarian, consular and medical help to besieged intruders.

An estimated 100-300 Filipino intruders have been holed up for three weeks, surrounded by police and the military, in the remote farming village of Tanduo. The tense standoff erupted in a shootout Friday that killed 12 intruders and two police.

Fears of a wider guerrilla infiltration spread after a Saturday gunbattle in Semporna, a town that is hours away from Tanduo by road, in which six police and six gunmen died, according to authorities.

Another gunman was beaten to death there Saturday by villagers, police have said.

Federal police chief Ismail Omar was quoted by the national news agency Bernama as saying Monday that the situation was “under control”. But an Agence France-Presse reporter in Semporna said residents were fleeing the normally laid-back seaside town, where the foul-smelling corpses of three men still lay in the streets on Monday in a grisly reminder of the shocking unrest. Residents said they were gunmen killed by police.

“Our peaceful town has become a nightmare to live in,” Julasri Yaakob, 38, said as he heaved a bag full of clothes onto a lorry. “We are moving out because these are uncertain times. We heard the gunshots. My children are afraid.” Schools, stores and government offices were closed in the town but there was little sign of a security presence despite the recent shootout and fleeing population. The affair has exposed lax border security and was likely to fuel longstanding complaints in Sabah that massive illegal immigration has fuelled lawlessness, just as Najib is due to call elections in coming months. Followers of the 74-year-old Manila-based Islamic leader, Jamalul Kiram III, say the gunmen are ready to die to defend his claim to Sabah, which was once controlled by the now-defunct sultanate. Supporters of the Filipino intruders took their campaign to cyberspace on Monday, manipulating Google listings to post a message backing the incursion. A Google search for “Sabah” came back with a results page that displayed a “Wikipedia” entry preview calling Malaysian control of the state “illegitimate”. A number of Philippine sites also were reportedly defaced by pro-Malaysia hackers. The exact identities of the gunmen and their numbers remain a mystery. Malaysia’s opposition has pounced, accusing the government of incompetence, failure to protect national sovereignty and failure to release timely information on the crisis. Sabah has seen previous smaller cross-border raids from Islamic militants and other bandits from the Philippines, but nothing of this scale. The Sulu sultanate’s power faded about a century ago but it has continued to receive nominal Malaysian payments for Sabah under a lease deal inherited from European colonial powers.

Muslim invaders may ask Obama to intercede.

Malaysia in standoff with 80-100 Philippine jihadists

via Malaysia in standoff with ‘Philippine militants’ | My Sinchew. h/t kb

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14, 2013 (AFP) — Malaysia’s government said Thursday that its security forces have surrounded dozens of suspected Philippine militants in a remote area with a history of incursions by armed Filipino Islamic groups.

About 80-100 gunmen had been cornered in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters.

He said security forces were negotiating with the men near the small coastal town of Lahad Datu.

“We know the situation is still under control. I confirm that no Malaysian citizens, to my knowledge, are being held hostage or for ransom,” Hishammuddin said.

“Security forces are still in control and negotiating with them, some of whom are armed.”

He declined to confirm that the gunmen were from the adjacent southern Philippines.

But asked whether Philippine authorities were involved in negotiations, Hishammuddin said: “Of course they will have to be involved in the operations.”

National police chief Ismail Omar had said in a statement late Wednesday that “the intrusion is a result of the problems in the southern Philippines”.

That was an apparent reference to Muslim militants and other lawlessness in the southern Philippines, which lies just across the Sulu Sea from Sabah.

Malaysia is predominantly Muslim.

Earlier Thursday Prime Minister Najib Razak was quoted by The Star newspaper as saying police were negotiating with the gunmen “to get the group to leave peacefully to prevent bloodshed”.

“We have surrounded the area and our police and armed forces have the ability to handle the matter,” he was quoted as saying.

The Star’s report added that a tight security ring including army and naval forces had been thrown around the “heavily armed” group.

Letting jihadists leave peacefully won’t handle the matter.

Meanwhile, the president of the Philippines is giving jihadists their own region, and handing out jobs, health insurance, and scholarships as a reward.

Philippine president visits jihadi stronghold handing out health insurance, jobs and scholarships

via Aquino to visit MILF stronghold h/t kb who rightly calls it “suicide”

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III will make a historic visit next week to the stronghold of the country’s main Muslim rebel force in an effort to push forward peace talks, his office said Thursday, February 7.

Aquino’s trip on Monday, February 11, to the outskirts of the 12,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF’s) main base in the Mindanao will be the first peace mission there by a president since the insurgency began in the 1970s.

Aquino and MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim will meet as they witness the launch of a social welfare project for mainly Muslim residents of communities where the rebels exert an influence, Aquino spokesman Ricky Carandang told AFP.

“It’s not a formal meeting, but their presence will underscore the commitment and optimism that both sides have that a final resolution to the peace process will be achieved,” he said.

“The launch of the social programs will show concrete benefits of peace.”

At the launch, health insurance cards will be distributed to residents, emergency jobs offered to adults and scholarships given to their children, Aquino’s office said.

The MILF has been fighting since the 1970s for independence in Mindanao, the southern third of the mainly Catholic Philippines that the country’s Muslim minority claim as their ancestral homeland.

An estimated 150,000 people have died in the conflict.

The MILF signed a “framework agreement” with Aquino’s government in October last year committing both sides to form a new autonomous entity on Mindanao by 2016, when the president ends his six-year term.

The MILF vowed to give up its quest for an independent homeland in exchange for significant power and wealth-sharing in a new autonomous region.

Independent homeland, autonomous Muslim region – what’s the difference.


Son of Philippine general slain by Muslim terrorists takes top military post

This could get interesting. via Son of slain general now Philippine military chief. h/t kabay

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The son of a Philippine army general killed with 34 of his men by Muslim guerrillas in a 1977 massacre assumed the country’s top military post on Thursday, calling on insurgents to abandon their decades-long rebellions and vowing to respect human rights in all military campaigns.

Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said in austere ceremonies led by President Benigno Aquino III that the 120,000-strong military needed to be freed up from counterinsurgency operations to allow government troops to focus on other urgent tasks, including strengthening the country’s territorial defense.

The Philippines has had recent territorial rifts with China over disputed South China Sea areas.

Bautista, 54, said he was dedicating the final chapter of his military career to his father, a one-star army general who was gunned down with his men by Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front who had invited him to a peace dialogue in the coastal town of Patikul in October 1977 on southern Jolo island.

He said his father “was and will always be my inspiration and role model as a soldier for peace.”

Bautista called on Muslim and communist insurgents to end their uprisings and pledged government troops under his watch would respect human rights, a touchy issue in a military that has been tarnished by accusations of rights violations, including abductions and killings of activists.

“We cannot but overemphasize adherence to human rights … in all military undertakings,” he said.

Bautista, a former army scout ranger who has battled Marxist and Muslim guerrillas, crafted the government’s counter-insurgency plan that took effect last year and which the military says focuses on helping foster development in the countryside than massive combat operations to win the hearts of rural villagers.

Bautista, meanwhile, welcomed efforts by hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front rebels to secure the release of foreign and local hostages, including a Jordanian and two European men, who were being held by the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf, an especially violent group of about 380 gunmen based in Jolo’s jungles.

He welcomed efforts by the jihadist group that killed his father.

The Moro group blamed for killing of Bautista’s father is one of at least four Muslim guerrilla groups in the volatile south. It signed an autonomy deal with the government in 1996, but its rebels were not disarmed and returned to their communities on Jolo and other strongholds.

More than 1,000 Moro rebels gathered in Patikul in a show of force on Monday and sent emissaries to the Abu Sayyaf’s jungle lairs near Patikul to demand the captives’ release, which has not been granted so far, military officials said.

Moro rebel commander Khabir Malik said his group would take other steps if the negotiations go nowhere, suggesting the rebels could launch a rescue. He said his group intervened in the hostage crisis to help clean up the image of Sulu, where the Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for deadly bombings, kidnappings for ransom and beheadings, especially in the early 2000s.

U.S.-backed Philippine military offensives have crippled the Abu Sayyaf, but it remains a key national security concern.

Philippine govt moves forward,rewarding jihadists with Muslim region

Wage jihad, get state. Kidnap non-Muslims and hold for ransom, get state.

via Creation of new Muslim region moves forward

President Benigno Aquino today ordered the creation of transition commission that will draft the basic laws of a new Muslim region in Mindanao.

Teresita Quintos Deles, Aquino’s adviser on the peace process, said the order “affirms the president’s resolve to move forward the peace process… as a strategic initiative for political stability and economic development.”

Peace through submission? Also known as dhimmitude.

She said Aquino’s order also provides a mechanism for “authentic democratic collaboration” in the crafting of proposed laws where the affected people themselves are actively involved.

The executive order creates a 15-member body that will be appointed by the president. The rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is expected come up with a list of candidates from among the people of Mindanao.

The transition body will also recommend to Congress proposed amendments to the constitution.

“The aim is to install [a new Muslim region] through a new organic act as soon as possible in order to have an elected Bangsamoro government by 2016,” said Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, head of the government peace panel.

She said the government is committed to the reconstruction of conflict-affected areas and to fast track socio-economic development in the region.

Aquino’s order came after the latest round of peace negotiations with Moro rebels ended in a “technical impasse” on Saturday. The MILF said in a statement that no formal agreements have been reached.

Government and rebel negotiators were supposed to finalize details regarding “power-sharing, wealth-sharing and normalization” before the year end after signing a peace deal on October 15.

The MILF said the unresolved question on whether the MILF will lead the transition body was the reason for the impasse.

If you want to get caught up on the jihad in the Philippines, see some of these previous posts and videos including U.S. officials meeting with (possibly coaching) the jihadists / rebels.

Philippino jihadist group, MILF, welcomes Obama re-election

Jihadists say Obama has been talking with them for some time. We told you about it back in 2009, links below. via MILF welcomes Obama’s re-election.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Joining millions of people across the globe who have been closely following the US presidential elections, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) congratulated re-elected President Barack Obama for winning his second 4-year term.

“The MILF warmly welcomes the successful holding of the recent elections in the United States and the decisive victory of President Obama over Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger,” MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said.

The chief Moro rebel leader noted that the US has been supportive of the ongoing peace talks with the government. “The Bangsamoro and the United States share a common vision for better Mindanao where just peace, progress, and development are in the pipeline after the signing of the celebrated Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro,” Murad said.

“The MILF is particularly grateful for the expression of support to the Agreement from the Obama administration through US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and for the attendance of US Ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas, to the historic signing in Malacañang Palace,” Murad added.

Earlier reports say the US government has also been talking with the MILF through backchannels to help ensure progress in the peace negotiations that will hopefully put an end to a four-decade-old conflict in Mindanao.

In 2003, then MILF chair Hashim Salamat sent a letter to former US President George W. Bush appealing for support for the peace process.

In February 2008, former US Ambassador Kristie Kenney also visited the main camp of the Moro rebel group in Maguindanao to meet with Murad.


State Dept continues meeting, Clinton urges peace, with Islamic terrorists in Philippines

The State Dept. is meeting with, and Hillary Clinton is urging peace with, Islamic terrorists responsible for the deaths of at least two American soldiers.

US diplomats meet with, praise Islamic terrorists in Philippines

The United States government greatly respect and support people’s struggle and aspiration to achieve peace in the region,” she said.

Peace through jihad. The U.S. supports it. With taxpayer money.


Muslims jihad continues in Philippines, 11 killed

via Army in running gunbattle with Abu Sayyaf in Basilan forest, 11 killed | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere.

Army forces clashed with Abu Sayyaf bandits on Basilan Thursday, leaving seven soldiers and four militants dead, the military said.

Three soldiers and two insurgents also wounded in the clash.

The Abu Sayyaf gunmen had initially attacked rubber plantation workers on the island and the military, including elite Scout Rangers, had rushed to the scene to repel them, said regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang.

Helicopter gunships were deployed to support the troops, he said.

“The fighting is taking place in a forested area. Our troops are engaged in an intense running gunbattle,” Cabangbang told AFP.

The same group of Abu Sayyaf fighters had launched similar attacks in the same part of Basilan in previous weeks, including an ambush that left six farm workers dead and 22 wounded on July 11, he said.

The plantation workers’ cooperative operating in the area had previously received extortion letters purportedly from the Abu Sayyaf demanding payment of over $1,000 a month in exchange for not being harmed.

The heavily-forested island of Basilan has long been a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, which was founded in the 1990s with seed money from Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The group has been blamed for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history including deadly bombings and kidnappings for ransom, often targetting foreigners and Christians.

About 600 US troops have been rotating through the southern Philippines for a decade to help train local troops in hunting the Abu Sayyaf. However the Americans are barred from taking part in actual combat. — Agence France-Presse

 So we are fighting a war in the Philippines too?

Philippines arrests Muslim terrorist in American beheading

via Philippines arrests militant in American beheading.

Philippine police have arrested a militant suspected of involvement in the beheading of an American tourist by the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group 11 years ago.

National police investigation chief Samuel Pagdilao says Alawie Pasihul was arrested Thursday in southern Zamboanga city near Basilan island where American Guillermo Sobero, two other Americans and 17 Filipinos were taken after they were abducted in May 2001 from a resort.

Militants beheaded Sobero. One of the Americans was killed during a military rescue.

Pagdilao said Saturday that Pasihul allegedly also was involved in a mass kidnapping of students and teachers in Basilan.

U.S.-backed offensives against the Abu Sayyaf have weakened the group. It continues ransom kidnappings to raise funds.

That would be Muslim militants and Abu Sayyaf is an Islamic terrorist group.

(just added a new Category for Philippines as the posts are piling up)

Muslim arrested for 2001 kidnapping that left two Americans dead

via Suspect In Dos Palmas Kidnapping Arrested | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. h/t kb

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – Police have arrested an alleged Islamist militant suspected of involvement in a 2001 kidnapping that left two Americans dead, an official said Friday.

Sahibul Sailani was detained in the southern island of Basilan on Monday but police withheld the news until his interrogation was completed, said the provincial police chief, Senior Superintendent Alex Linesis.

Sailani is accused of taking part in the abduction of three Americans and several Filipinos from Dos Palmas Island, an upscale resort in Palawan in 2001, Linesis said.

The hostages were taken by boat to Basilan where the gunmen later beheaded one of the Americans, Peru-born Guillermo Sobero.

A second American, Christian missionary Martin Burnham, was killed the following year as government forces raided the kidnappers’ hideout and rescued Burnham’s wife.

The holidaymakers were abducted by the Abu Sayyaf, an extremist group set up with seed money from Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The group has been blamed for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history.

For over a decade, US special forces have been stationed in the southern Philippines to help train the military in combating the Abu Sayyaf, although they are not allowed to have a combat role.


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