Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Having read Steve Coll's Ghost Wars...

this is fairly large news (even though I know I'm behind on this):

Troops capture major Abu Sayyaf camp in the Philippines
(AP, 25 February 2005)

Philippine troops have captured a major camp of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group, a military commander said Friday.

The mountain stronghold of the Muslim extremist group outside Indanan town on southern Jolo island was overrun Thursday by about 400 soldiers from the army's 53rd Infantry Battalion, said Jolo military chief Brig. Gen. Agustin Dema-ala. ...

The camp is also a sanctuary for local Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad, whose gunmen killed three soldiers on security patrol in Indanan on Feb. 19.

The Abu Sayyaf, notorious for kidnappings and beheading hostages, is on the U.S. terror list.

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