3 gov’t troopers killed in Abu Sayyaf landmine attack

Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants. The military convoy...

PHL military alarmed at militants’ ransom showcase

MANILA, November 5, 2014 (AFP) – The Philippine military on Wednesday expressed alarm that Islamic rebels may go on an arms spending spree after they posted a video online showing what they claimed to be a multi-million-dollar ransom windfall. The Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf...

Islamic militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid: AFP

MANILA (AFP) – Islamic militants on Monday massacred 21 people, including one child, who were travelling to a village feast in the southern Philippines to mark the end of Ramadan, the military said. About 50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on two vehicles in the remote town of...

17 killed in clash with Muslim extremists: AFP

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – Ten Muslim extremists and seven soldiers were killed on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes in the southern Philippines in recent months, the military said. Soldiers were approaching a known hotbed of the militant Abu Sayyaf group on the strife-torn island...

Death toll in assault on militants rises to 26

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area. The latest fatalities on the southern island of Jolo bring to 33...

U.S. feared Pakistan might ‘alert’ Bin Laden about raid – CIA

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 (AFP) – CIA Director Leon Panetta said in an interview Tuesday that officials ruled out informing Islamabad about a planned raid against Osama bin Laden’s compound as they feared their Pakistani counterparts might alert the Al-Qaeda chief....

The SEAL team that got bin Laden DEAD

From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about thirty miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals, intelligence...

Philippines detains Islamist militant blamed for kidnaps

ZAMBOANGA, December 21, 2010 (AFP) – Philippine security forces said Tuesday they had detained a suspected Islamist militant accused of taking part in kidnappings in the country’s troubled south. Abu Isaac, an alleged member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group,...