Philippines: War on Communism Continues


July 25, 2006: Over the last few days, battles between rival MILF factions left at least five people dead, and many more wounded. The factionalism within the MILF is becoming an obstacle to peace talks with the government. Some of the more extremist MILF factions are also supporting Islamic terrorists.
July 21, 2006: Over the last few days, clashes with NPA groups left 25 rebels and four soldiers dead.
July 20, 2006: The government has apparently abandoned efforts to negotiate with the NPA, and is now determined to destroy the communist rebel group within the next two years.
July 19, 2006: The army has launched an investigation into the activities of 175 troops who took part in an attempted coup last February.
July 16, 2006: Police and troops continue to skirmish with small groups of Abu Sayyaf on Jolo island. There are several casualties a week, but the terrorist camps remain hidden.


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