Philippines: August 16, 2005

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While Islamic terrorists are still active here, they are hard pressed by the police and armed forces. Abu Sayyaf is believed to have been split into three groups, with about a dozen members each. These groups are being pursued by police and troops, who constantly pick up the trail (via sightings by civilians or troops) of individual terrorists. The MILF insists that the remaining Abu Sayyaf members are not capable of launching attacks, as they are distracted from trying to avoid capture. However, Indonesian members of Islamic terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah, continue to claim that Indonesians continue to get terrorist training in Abu Sayyaf camps in the Philippines. 

 

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