In the east, soldiers killed one NPA rebel and captured ten others. A
nationwide offensive against the NPA has put pressure on the communist rebels
all over the country. So far this year, about a hundred soldiers and policemen
have been killed fighting the NPA (a communist rebel movement that has been at
war with the government for over 60 years.)
10, 2006: While the Philippines doesn't want U.S. troops involved in fighting
Islamic terrorists in the south, they do like the training and technical
assistance provided by American forces (especially Special Forces). This is
expected to increase, especially the presence of U.S. electronic
intelligence troops and their high-tech eavesdropping and location gear.
8, 2006: In the central Philippines, several clashes with NPA rebels left four
rebels dead, and dozens fleeing pursuing troops. Nearby, an Abu Sayyaf leader,
Tajajul Ampul, was killed when his hiding place was discovered by police.
Ampul had a price on his head, and had helped organize several kidnapping
5, 2006: In the north, troops found and captured an NPA camp, killing one
rebel, and forcing about twenty others to flee. In the south, troops and NPA
rebels skirmished again, and several hundred local civilians fled their homes
to avoid the fighting.
Jolo island, a clash between Abu Sayyaf rebels and troops left one soldier and
one rebel dead.