Philippines: July 6, 2005

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The MILF admitted that they had been hiding Abu Sayyaf leader  Khaddafy Janjalani in one of their camps, but had recently ended that relationship, and had expelled the Abu Sayyaf men. When news of this arrangement became known, MILF leaders insisted they had just tolerated  Janjalani staying near one of their camps. Abu Sayyaf  is a splinter group of the MILF, and there have been many efforts to reconcile the split. Abu Sayyaf is in favor of Islamic radicalism, MILF is not. The Islamic radical factions in the south are also providing support for the Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah Islamic terrorist group, which has also been spotted in the southern Philippines, apparently receiving aid by MILF members. 

 

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