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Topic - Abu Sayyaf
) also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya is one of several military Islamist separatist groups based in and around the southern Philippines, in Bangsamoro (Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga) where for almost 30 years various Muslim groups have been engaged in an insurgency for an independent province in the country. The name of the group is derived from the Arabic ابو, abu ("father of") and sayyaf ("Swordsmith"). The group calls itself "Al-Harakat Al-Islamiyya" or the "Islamic Movement". - Source: Wikipedia
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.
Al Qaeda-linked gunmen in the Philippines have refused to release a reported seven foreigners they’re holding hostage, as two weeks of negotiations with the government end in failure, according to various media reports.
A Jordanian militant leader linked to al Qaeda warned Sunday that his extremist group will launch "deadly attacks" in neighboring Syria to topple President Bashar Assad, as Damascus lashed out at France for backing Syrian rebels.
A truck packed with explosives blew up in a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing 11 people, as security concerns led officials to temporarily close a supply route to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Twenty-three years after China's sweeping crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy demonstrations, fewer than a dozen people remain in prison, among them elderly and likely mentally ill prisoners, a rights group said Thursday.
The U.S. should stop "reflexively exploiting major national security threats as a political ping-pong ball between right and left," says Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Get down to business and start crafting a practical strategy to defeat the threat of Islamist militancy both at home and abroad, he says.
Concealed by the night sky, the two aging Philippine air force planes unleashed a surprise high-tech weapon: U.S. satellite-guided bombs that whizzed down with deadly precision toward a long-elusive terrorist suspect and two other top radicals dozing with their men in Jolo Island's jungle.
Abu Sayyaf commander Umbra Jumdail had deviated from the brutal image of his al-Qaeda-linked militant group by playing doctor to poor Filipino villagers, whose backing he needed to stay safe from military troops. But those villagers may have been used by the military to finally track him down last week.
The Philippine military said it killed Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorist and two other senior militants Thursday in a U.S.-backed airstrike marking one of the region's biggest anti-terrorism successes in recent years.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III warned on Sunday of a possible terrorist attack, including bombings, during an annual Roman Catholic procession in Manila that draws millions of devotees.
A powerful blast from a suspected bomb ripped through a bus in the Philippine capital's financial district Tuesday, tearing a huge hole in the vehicle and spraying shrapnel at the passengers. Four people were killed and fourteen wounded.
A bomb exploded during Christmas Day Mass at a chapel inside a police camp in the volatile southern Philippines, wounding a priest and 10 churchgoers.
"Does anyone know or care that we're turning things around over here?" The query was in one of several dozen e-mails I received last week from troops with whom our Fox News "War Stories" team has been embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them are on their third — some even their fourth — combat tour. The sender was chiding me for going to the Philippines to cover his comrades-in-arms in the campaign against Abu Sayyaf — instead of heading back to Mesopotamia. In fact, his plaint could have been aimed at anyone in the so-called mainstream media — where good news is no news — and no bad news story is too old to resurrect with a new lead.
MANILA, Philippines. -- There was a time when American military leaders worried whether wobbly allies would rally to us when it came time to stand up to the Soviets. Now it's our allies who worry about us.
CAMP BAUTISTA, Jolo Island, Philippines.