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ABU SAYYAF MEN BEHEADED DAPITAN CITY BARANGAY CHIEF


AUGUST 12 --ABU SAYYAF VICTIM. Screenshot of Aliguay Barangay Chairman Rodolfo Buligao from a video clip released earlier on Facebook SHARED BY RAPPLER.COM Suspected Abu Sayyaf men have beheaded a barangay captain of Dapitan City whom they abducted along with two personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) three months ago. Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, said the cadaver could be Rodolfo Buligao, the barangay chairman of Barangay Aliguay Island in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte. “A written note was found on top of the cadaver with that name,” said Arrojado. The body was discovered on a road intersection in Barangay Lunggang in Maimbung town of Sulu at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. “Accordingly, the beheading was executed by the captors of the victim when the negotiator did not meet the amount of ransom demanded by the captors,” said Arrojado. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT..VIEW MAP OF DAPITAN CITY.

ALSO: Abu Sayyaf dumps body of barangay captain on Sulu highway


AUGUST 12 --BRUTALITY Policemen stand next to the beheaded remains of Rodolfo Boligao who was captured in May by the Abu Sayyaf, along a highway in Maimbung, Sulu. Inset is a screen grab from a video released in May showing the heavily-armed bandits with the three blindfolded captives. AFP PHOTO and AL JACINTO (PHNO APOLOGETIC FOR HEARTLESS GRAPHIC CONTENT)
HOSTAGE FOUND BEHEADED: Abu Sayyaf dumps body of barangay captain on Sulu highway A barangay (village) captain held hostage by Abu Sayyaf bandits has been found beheaded on a highway in a remote barangay in Jolo in Sulu province, police and military officials said on Wednesday. Rodolfo Boligao, barangay captain of Aliguay Island in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, was captured on May 4 by the Abu Sayyaf along with Coast Guard servicemen, Seaman 2nd Class Gringo Villaruz and Seaman 1st Class Rodlyn Pagaling.The bandits have reportedly demanded P10 million for the safe release of the three captives. The government rejected the ransom demand. The fate of the Coast Guard men is unknown.
Navy Capt. Roy Vincent Trinidad of the military’s Joint Task Force Zambasulta said negotiations for the release of Villaruz and Pagaling are ongoing. “Ongoing negotiations pa rin, sabay-sabay sila but iba ang negotiator,” he told The Manila Times [The negotiations are going on but through a different negotiator]. Trinidad did not say who were negotiating with the Abu Sayyaf but the bandits earlier warned that they would kill the hostages if the Aquino government failed to heed their ransom demand. READ MORE...

ALSO: Clash of MILF clans leaves 7 dead in Sultan Kudarat


Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels man a rebel-controlled checkpoint at Sultan Kudarat...
PALIMBANG, Sultan Kudarat – Seven persons were killed as in-fighting between members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continued in remote villages here, police said yesterday. The village of Napnapan in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat has been turned into a ghost town as more than 500 persons have sought refuge in nearby villages after Moro rebels clashed since Friday night, according to Senior Insp. Romeo Calamba said.
Calamba, Palimbang police chief, said involved in the clan war were groups of Commander Brian Andi of the MILF 104th base command and Commander Bondi Binago of the MILF 105th base command. Both groups have been trading bullets in the village of Napnapan. Sporadic skirmishes continue until Sunday morning involving the two warring groups. Commander Andi and his men stormed the village of Napnapan from nearby village of Kanipaan on Friday night to retaliate the death of Kadil Kongo. Kongo was shot dead by two motorcycle riding men on August 2. An eight year old boy was hit by stray bullets and also died. READ MORE...


ALSO: When kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf rebels, it's the unpredictability that kills


AUGUST 14 --JOLO: THE KIDNAP CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES -Jolo is known as the kidnap capital of the Philippines, thanks to the presence of Abu Sayyaf rebels. Channel NewsAsia's Arglit Boonyai recalls how it feels to be in the rebel-dominated area. MINDANAO: What I have learnt over the course of filming the series is that there is nothing scarier than not knowing. Being unable to predict what will happen, and when and how a situation will end is terrifying. That is what makes kidnapping such a frightening ordeal. When it comes to South East Asia, if you are going to be kidnapped, Jolo is the place it is most likely to happen. It is the kidnap capital of the Philippines. Although it does not have the reputation of somewhere like Colombia, that does not make it any less dangerous. Before filming, I attended a security training course to better prepare myself for the dangers that I would face. There was a very intensive day spent on kidnapping that involved a mock kidnap scenario, which was exactly as scary as it sounds. What I learnt from the course was that if a group like ISIS wants to kidnap you, then you had better fight to the death because things are not going to end nicely. However, in most other kidnap situations, you are supposed to let the kidnappers take you without a fight, as most deaths from kidnapping happen in the heat of the moment. READ MORE...

ALSO ABOUT: ABU SAYYAF - ISIS Philippines


WIKIPEDIA --2004 Bombing of the Superferry off Corregidor Island ABU SAYYF is a militant Islamist group based in and around Jolo and Basilan islands in the southwestern part of the Philippines, where for more than four decades, Moro groups have been engaged in an insurgency for an independent province in the country. The group is considered very violent, and was responsible for the Philippines' worst terrorist attack, the bombing of Superferry 14 in 2004, which killed 116 people. The name of the group is derived from the Arabic ابو, abu ("father of") and sayyaf ("swordsmith"). As of 2012, the group was estimated to have between 200 and 400 members, down from 1250 in 2000. They use mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars, and automatic rifles.Since its inception in 1991, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, and extortion[16] in what they describe as their fight for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines. They have also been involved in criminal activities, including kidnapping, rape, child sexual assault, drive-by shootings, extortion, and drug trafficking, and the goals of the group "appear to have vacillated over time between criminal objectives and a more ideological intent".The group has been designated as a terrorist group by the United Nations, Australia, Canada, the UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States. READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Race against time' to stop ISIS terror attack targeting Queen Elizabeth at coming VJ (Victory over Japan) Day parade


AUGUST 9 --Terrorists are said to be planning a highly deadly attack at the upcoming VJ Day parade in London.
Britain's MI5 Security Service and police are reportedly in a "race against time" to stop Islamic State jihadis from targeting England's Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Family at a parade in London next Saturday. According to a report in British newspaper The Daily Mail on Saturday, intelligence forces have determined that terrorists in Syria are orchestrating a three-pronged attack at London's annual VJ Day — Victory in Japan — parade that commemorates the end of World War II. Security sources identified the queen as the main target, though other royal family members are said to be possible targets as well, including Prince Charles. The procession is expected to be attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as a number of dignitaries, soldiers, military veterans and thousands of civilian parade-goers. Similar to the 2013 Boston Marathon attack, terrorists reportedly are planning to use a pressure cooker bomb to carry out the attack. The report publicized a number of high-profile spots where explosions are being planned, such as at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London's Trafalgar Square, before moving on to the Field Marshal Slim statue, the site of a second planned explosion. The procession ends at Westminister Abbey, where terrorists are supposedly planning a third blast. READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Very determined' Queen to ignore ISIS bomb plot to lead Britain's VJ Day celebrations


AUGUST 13 --THE Queen will ignore terror fears to lead Britain's commemoration of the sacrifices of those Second World War soldiers who died defeating Japan.
The Queen is determined to host the VJ Day celebrations GETTY The Queen is determined to host the VJ Day celebrations Her Majesty is "determined" to head a series of events on Saturday, on the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, despite this week's revelation the Royal Family are a target of an Islamic State (ISIS) terror bomb plot on the same day. The defiant monarch will be joined by other members of the Royal Family and Prime Minister David Cameron to mark VJ Day - Victory over Japan - at the event in central London, which is expected to attract thousands of people. The Metropolitan Police is encouraging people to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal, despite reports senior figures in the bloodthirsty terror group have several potential bombers already in Britain and ready to attack. Amid the emergence of the ISIS plot in a Sunday newspaper report, police and MI5 were said to be desperately racing against the clock to foil an assassination strike against the Queen by British jihadists. ISIS are reportedly looking to strike by detonating a pressure cooker bomb in central London, which is said to have prompted an urgent review of security arrangements for the events.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO End of WW2: VJ Day anniversary,  Queen leads memorials in London despite alleged terror threat
[Ceremonies are being held around the world]


The Queen and husband Prince Philip has led ceremonies in Britain commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.
Veterans and prisoners of war of the conflict joined Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the monarchy at a church service in St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. On the other side of the world, Japan, China and South Korea have also held ceremonies to commemorate the end of a conflict which officially finished on 15 August 1945. Hundreds of spectators lined London's streets as veterans and former prisoners of war took part in a parade through the centre of the city towards Westminster Abbey. Many who turned out commented on the importance of remembering a date often overlooked by the celebrations surrounding the defeat of the Nazis in Europe. "I think it's very important to the veterans because they feel that they've been treated as the forgotten army," Pauline Simpson, one of the organisers said. "Their comrades that fought in Europe came home in May 1945 and they came back to a huge welcome and celebration. She continued: "And for many people in the nation it was the end of the war. But in actual fact for all of the men still in the Far East in captivity, many of them didn't even know that the war had ended. And they didn't start returning home until three or four months later." At a memorial service held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields some in the crowd dabbed their eyes during the solemn ceremony that recalled the pain and the memory of those who had perished. The Queen meets veterans The Queen meets veterans David Cameron lays a wreath at Horse Guards Parade David Cameron lays a wreath at Horse Guards Parade CONTINUE READING...


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Abu Sayyaf men behead Dapitan City barangay chief


ABU SAYYAF VICTIM. Screenshot of Aliguay Barangay Chairman Rodolfo Buligao from a video clip released earlier on Facebook SHARED BY RAPPLER.COM

MANILA, AUGUST 17, 2015  (MANILA BULLETIN) by Aaron B. Recuenco August 12, 2015 (updated) Share72 Tweet7 Share0 Email

Suspected Abu Sayyaf men have beheaded a barangay captain of Dapitan City whom they abducted along with two personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) three months ago.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, said the cadaver could be Rodolfo Buligao, the barangay chairman of Barangay Aliguay Island in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

“A written note was found on top of the cadaver with that name,” said Arrojado.


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The body was discovered on a road intersection in Barangay Lunggang in Maimbung town of Sulu at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night.

“Accordingly, the beheading was executed by the captors of the victim when the negotiator did not meet the amount of ransom demanded by the captors,” said Arrojado.


MANILA TIMES

Abu Sayyaf dumps body of barangay captain on Sulu highway August 12, 2015 11:03 pm by AL JACINTO SENIOR CORRESPONDENT AND FERNAN MARASIGAN REPORTER


BRUTALITY Policemen stand next to the beheaded remains of Rodolfo Boligao who was captured in May by the Abu Sayyaf, along a highway in Maimbung, Sulu. Inset is a screen grab from a video released in May showing the heavily-armed bandits with the three blindfolded captives. AFP PHOTO and AL JACINTO (PHNO APOLOGETIC FOR HEARTLESS GRAPHIC CONTENT)
 

HOSTAGE FOUND BEHEADED: Abu Sayyaf dumps body of barangay captain on Sulu highway

A barangay (village) captain held hostage by Abu Sayyaf bandits has been found beheaded on a highway in a remote barangay in Jolo in Sulu province, police and military officials said on Wednesday.

Rodolfo Boligao, barangay captain of Aliguay Island in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, was captured on May 4 by the Abu Sayyaf along with Coast Guard servicemen, Seaman 2nd Class Gringo Villaruz and Seaman 1st Class Rodlyn Pagaling.

The bandits have reportedly demanded P10 million for the safe release of the three captives.

The government rejected the ransom demand.

The fate of the Coast Guard men is unknown.

Navy Capt. Roy Vincent Trinidad of the military’s Joint Task Force Zambasulta said negotiations for the release of Villaruz and Pagaling are ongoing.

“Ongoing negotiations pa rin, sabay-sabay sila but iba ang negotiator,” he told The Manila Times [The negotiations are going on but through a different negotiator].

Trinidad did not say who were negotiating with the Abu Sayyaf but the bandits earlier warned that they would kill the hostages if the Aquino government failed to heed their ransom demand.

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Boligao’s handcuffed remains were found on Tuesday evening, with his severed head placed by his side, said Chief Insp. Walter Anayo, police chief of Maimbung town where the body was recovered.

A piece of paper with the victim’s name written on it was placed on top of the body, he added.

Trinidad said Boligao was executed after a civilian negotiator failed to meet the ransom demand of the bandits.

“It appears he was beheaded right there on the road,” Sulu provincial police chief, Senior Supt Mario Buyuccan, said.

“The body was intentionally left in the middle of the road so that people could find it,” he added.

Heartless, inhuman brutality

Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao strongly condemned the beheading.

“We condemn this heartless and inhuman brutality committed by Abu Sayyaf, a group whose only desire is to sow terror among our people. This is nothing but an evil and cowardly act of terrorism. The perpetrators must be hunted down and be brought to justice and these attacks must be stopped immediately,” Hataman said.

“We offer our condolences to the family of Rodolfo Boligao, the recent victim of a heinous attack. For you we pray courage and peace as we join your clamor for justice,” he added.

The Philippine military said it has coordinated with police and local government authorities of Dapitan to expedite the arrest of the perpetrators and facilitate the safe release of the kidnap victims.

In June, a video posted on Facebook showed the hostages–their eyes covered with handkerchief and hands tied behind their back–begging the Aquino government to help them, saying their captors have threatened to decapitate all of them if their demands were not met.

It was unknown who originally uploaded the video clip that ran almost 4 minutes but the video was shared by viewers on Facebook.

The Philippine Coast Guard has confirmed the two men in the video were Villaruz and Pagaling, and said it will not pay ransom to the kidnappers.

“Nanawagan [ako] sa pamahalaan na tulungan kami, lalo na si President Aquino, tulungan mo kami… papatayin kami nila. Maawa ka sa amin, sa mga opisyales ng gobyerno, sa pamilya namin tulungan ninyo kami,” the horrified Pagaling said, his voice trembling and body shaking from extreme fear [I am appealing to the government; particularly to President Aquino to help us…they are threatening to kill us all. Have mercy on us, officials of this government, our families, please help us].

His companion, Villaruz, also made a similar appeal. “Humihingi kami ng tulong galing sa kataas-taasan pamahalaan sa Pilipinas, Sir, tulungan mo kami, hindi kami puwedeng magtagal dito kasi kukunan kami ng ulo kung yun hinihingi nila ay hindi maibigay. Kung sino ang nakapanood ng video nito tulungan ninyo kami, maawa kayo sa amin [We are begging for help to the highest official of the Philippine government, Sir help us. We cannot stay here longer because they will behead us if their demands are not met. Whoever is watching this video, please help us, have pity on us].

Boligao also appealed to politicians in Dapitan City to help them. “Help us, please have mercy on us,” he said.

One of the armed men in the video, who was wearing a police uniform, read a message from his cell phone and said, “Kami ay nakabihag ng dalawang Coast Guard at isang barangay captain, nanawagan kami na maibigay ninyo ang hinihingi namin sa lalong madaling panahon kung hindi ninyo maibigay ang hinihingi namin ay pupugutan namin ang ulo ng isa sa mga bihag na ito o lahat sila [We are holding two Coast Guard and a village chieftain, we are calling on the government to give us our demand soon and if you will not heed to our demand, we shall behead one of the hostages, or all of them].

The military said the Abu Sayyaf is still holding at least seven Filipino and foreigners they kidnapped elsewhere. WITH AFP, PNA AND ANTHONY VARGAS

2 Responses to Hostage found beheaded
vic sanchez says:
August 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm
I was once a Muslim convert. I re-embraced my Christian faith after knowing that it is alright for them to kill “in the name of Allah” even if they knew that many of their killings are misplaced and unacceptable by God.
Abu Sayaff must be wiped out from the face of this Earth including their remants!
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fyi says:
August 13, 2015 at 11:42 am
Abu Sayyaf must want Aquino and Marco’s to give them a piece of the country, just keep killing people and eventually Aquino and Marco’s will give them what they want.
Reply


TRIBUNE

Clash of MILF clans leaves 7 dead in Sultan Kudarat
Written by PNA Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00


Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels man a rebel-controlled checkpoint at Sultan Kudarat...

PALIMBANG, Sultan Kudarat – Seven persons were killed as in-fighting between members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continued in remote villages here, police said yesterday.
The village of Napnapan in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat has been turned into a ghost town as more than 500 persons have sought refuge in nearby villages after Moro rebels clashed since Friday night, according to Senior Insp. Romeo Calamba said.
Calamba, Palimbang police chief, said involved in the clan war were groups of Commander Brian Andi of the MILF 104th base command and Commander Bondi Binago of the MILF 105th base command. Both groups have been trading bullets in the village of Napnapan.
Sporadic skirmishes continue until Sunday morning involving the two warring groups.
Commander Andi and his men stormed the village of Napnapan from nearby village of Kanipaan on Friday night to retaliate the death of Kadil Kongo. Kongo was shot dead by two motorcycle riding men on August 2. An eight year old boy was hit by stray bullets and also died.

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Heavily armed, the group of Andi attacked the location of Commander Binago, sending some 500 villagers fleeing.
Police said Binago’s group suffered five fatalities while two on the side of Andi. Fighting was still on going as of posting.
Calamba said the MILF leadership has sent emissaries to pacify warring groups and prevent further escalation of conflict.
An MILF officials who asked not to be identified said the members were acting on their own and it was not an organizational fighting.
More police forces and soldiers were deployed in the periphery of Palimbang, a coastal town in Sultan Kudarat near the border of Maguindanao to avoid other armed groups from taking advantage of the situation.


CHANNEL NEWS ASIA EARLY REPORT APRIL 13, 2015

When kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf rebels, it's the unpredictability that kills By Arglit Boonyai POSTED: 13 Apr 2015 11:22 UPDATED: 14 Apr 2015 10:32


JOLO: THE KIDNAP CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES

Jolo is known as the kidnap capital of the Philippines, thanks to the presence of Abu Sayyaf rebels.

Channel NewsAsia's Arglit Boonyai recalls how it feels to be in the rebel-dominated area.

MINDANAO: What I have learnt over the course of filming the series is that there is nothing scarier than not knowing. Being unable to predict what will happen, and when and how a situation will end is terrifying. That is what makes kidnapping such a frightening ordeal.

When it comes to South East Asia, if you are going to be kidnapped, Jolo is the place it is most likely to happen. It is the kidnap capital of the Philippines. Although it does not have the reputation of somewhere like Colombia, that does not make it any less dangerous.


THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT AND HOST OF 'DANGER ZONE' CHANNEL NEWS ASIA.

Before filming, I attended a security training course to better prepare myself for the dangers that I would face. There was a very intensive day spent on kidnapping that involved a mock kidnap scenario, which was exactly as scary as it sounds.

What I learnt from the course was that if a group like ISIS wants to kidnap you, then you had better fight to the death because things are not going to end nicely. However, in most other kidnap situations, you are supposed to let the kidnappers take you without a fight, as most deaths from kidnapping happen in the heat of the moment.

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After that, there is very little to do but wait; and in Jolo - located in Mindanao’s Sulu archipelago - Abu Sayyaf will make you wait and wait and wait.

IT IS THE NOT KNOWING THAT KILLS


Jolo in southwest Mindanao, Philippines. (Photo: Andy Tan/CNA)

Abu Sayyaf is officially a separatist group, although critics say their main activity now is kidnapping. Foreigners are big business here, at least when it comes to ransom. So, the kidnappers do not want to damage their big payday.

At one point during my trip, some locals were shouting “Here comes the money” when the crew and I left the safety of our vehicles. Luckily we had a platoon of elite army rangers protecting us.

Locals with a bit of money, however, are not so lucky and can be kidnapped in an instant. Most of them will spend months or even years in captivity. Apparently they are not treated badly. It is the "not knowing" that kills them.

THE FIGHTERS OF JOLO


Army Rangers in Jolo, southwest Mindanao. (Photo: Arglit Boonyai/CNA)

This was also my first time living on an army barracks, and it is not anything like the movies. The Marines and Army Rangers that live at Camp Bud Datu do not get much funding, so life in the mountains of Jolo, surrounded by Abu Sayyaf, is very basic.

Still, you will hear no complaints from them. They spend weeks in the jungle, fighting in an area they are not familiar with, and most of them will not tell their loved ones where they are for fear of making them worried.

Arglit and elite Philippine Army Scout Ranger Jayson Pariñas near Jolo.

That is how dedicated they are to the job of eradicating Abu Sayyaf. Yes, that’s right, eradicating. The man in charge, tough-as-nails Colonel Alan Arrojado, assured me that the goal is not to reach a peace agreement with Abu Sayyaf. Critics also say the rebels do not want to negotiate.

Colonel Arrojado's job is to make sure that Jolo can be safe for everyone, and for that he needs a plan. His plan is to take out the group’s head - the one-armed Radullan Sahiron - and watch the ‘body’ crumble. That is his plan, and he is sticking to it, because for the colonel, not knowing is not an option.

Arglit Boonyai is a foreign correspondent and the host of Danger Zone. Watch his journey to the Philippines on Channel NewsAsia, Apr 14, at 8pm SG/HK.

- CNA/pp


FROM WIKIPEDIA:  ABOUT ABU SAYYAF IN THE PHILIPPINES

Abu Sayyaf
(About this sound pronunciation 'ah-boo sah-yahf'; Arabic:
جماعة أبو سياف‎; Jamāʿah Abū Sayyāf, ASG, Filipino: Grupong Abu Sayyaf)

ABU SAYYF is a militant Islamist group based in and around Jolo and Basilan islands in the southwestern part of the Philippines, where for more than four decades, Moro groups have been engaged in an insurgency for an independent province in the country.

The group is considered very violent, and was responsible for the Philippines' worst terrorist attack, the bombing of Superferry 14 in 2004, which killed 116 people.


More than 200 missing after ferry blaze off Philippines (Agencies) -A Coast Guard ship attempts to put out a fire on a burning Superferry off Corregidor island in Manila Bay February 27, 2004. One person was killed when fire raged through the Super Ferry 14 which had 861 passengers on board. The coast guard said 638 people had been confirmed as rescued but that 233 were not yet accounted for. [Reuters] FROM CHINA DAILY Updated: 2004-02-27 14:17-

The name of the group is derived from the Arabic ابو, abu ("father of") and sayyaf ("swordsmith").

As of 2012, the group was estimated to have between 200 and 400 members, down from 1250 in 2000. They use mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars, and automatic rifles.

Since its inception in 1991, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, and extortion[16] in what they describe as their fight for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.

They have also been involved in criminal activities, including kidnapping, rape, child sexual assault, drive-by shootings, extortion, and drug trafficking, and the goals of the group "appear to have vacillated over time between criminal objectives and a more ideological intent".

The group has been designated as a terrorist group by the United Nations, Australia, Canada, the UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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In 2002, fighting Abu Sayyaf became a mission of the American military's Operation Enduring Freedom and part of the Global War on Terrorism.

Several hundred United States soldiers are also stationed in the area to mainly train local forces in counter terror and counter guerrilla operations, but as a status of forces agreement and under Philippine law are not allowed to engage in direct combat.

The group was founded by Abdurajik Abubakar Janjalani, and led after his death in 1998 by his younger brother Khadaffy Janjalani wjho was killed in 2007.

On July 23, 2014, Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Totoni Hapilon swore an oath of loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL.

In September 2014, the group began kidnapping people to ransom, in the name of ISIL.

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ISIS Philippines: 14 Die in Battle between Abu Sayyaf Militants and Filipino Forces Umberto Bacchi By Umberto Bacchi November 14, 2014 16:17 GMT 11 8


Abu Sayyaf Philippines Soldiers stand guard on a road as they are deployed to remote villages in Jolo, Sulu southern Philippines(Reuters)

Clashes between the Filipino army and Islamist militants with links to the Islamic State (Isis) and al-Qaida left at least 14 dead in the restive south of the country, military officials said.

Five soldiers and nine gunmen with the Abu Sayyaf extremist group were killed in the gun battle that broke out in Sulu province's mountainous Talipao town, army Col. Allan Arrojado said.

A further 26 soldiers and 30 militants were wounded.

After a five hour gun battle, government forces were in hot pursuit with 300 extremists who split into smaller groups and pulled back, Arrojado said.

"We are tracking their whereabouts," he said.

Founded in the early 1990s, Abu Sayyaf has developed a fearsome reputation for its use of bomb attacks, abductions and extortion.

The group has also kidnapped several foreigners, including a Dutch and a Swiss birdwatchers, holding them hostage in Sulu's dense jungles.

In October, two German tourists were released after weeks in captivity amid claims that a 250 million peso (£3.5m) ransom was paid.

Abu Sayyaf, a loose group numbering several hundred fighters, uses ransom money to fund its Islamic separatism campaign in southern Philippines.

One of its leaders, Isnilon Hapilon, who has a $5m bounty on his head, recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group operating in Syria and Iraq.


THE JERUSALEM POST -- ISIS THREAT

'Race against time' to stop ISIS terror attack targeting Queen ElizabethBy JPOST.COM STAFF \ 08/09/2015 13:49


Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Terrorists are said to be planning a highly deadly attack at the upcoming VJ Day parade in London.

Britain's MI5 Security Service and police are reportedly in a "race against time" to stop Islamic State jihadis from targeting England's Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Family at a parade in London next Saturday.

According to a report in British newspaper The Daily Mail on Saturday, intelligence forces have determined that terrorists in Syria are orchestrating a three-pronged attack at London's annual VJ Day — Victory in Japan — parade that commemorates the end of World War II.

Security sources identified the queen as the main target, though other royal family members are said to be possible targets as well, including Prince Charles. The procession is expected to be attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as a number of dignitaries, soldiers, military veterans and thousands of civilian parade-goers.

Similar to the 2013 Boston Marathon attack, terrorists reportedly are planning to use a pressure cooker bomb to carry out the attack.

The report publicized a number of high-profile spots where explosions are being planned, such as at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London's Trafalgar Square, before moving on to the Field Marshal Slim statue, the site of a second planned explosion. The procession ends at Westminister Abbey, where terrorists are supposedly planning a third blast.

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This plot was uncovered following calls by Islamic State encouraging its extremist Muslim members to stay carry out deadly terror attacks on their home turf, rather than joining the many others who have fled to Syria and Iraq in recent years to join terror ranks.

So far, police have not announced if any arrests were made and security forces are keeping an eye on the plot.

Security policies for the parade are urgently being reviewed as well, though changes in the schedule were not yet made.

Queen Elizabeth indicated that she still plans to attend the event in order "to honor the fallen."

The deadliest terror attack in recent British history was the 7/7 terror attacks on July 7, 2005, when four men affiliated with al-Qaida detonated four explosions – three on Underground trains and one on a bus, killing themselves and 52 passengers, and wounding around 700 people.


LONDON EXPRESS

'Very determined' Queen to ignore ISIS bomb plot to lead Britain's VJ Day celebrations By REBECCA PERRING PUBLISHED: 10:46, Thu, Aug 13, 2015 | UPDATED: 12:26, Thu, Aug 13, 2015


THE Queen will ignore terror fears to lead Britain's commemoration of the sacrifices of those Second World War soldiers who died defeating Japan.

The Queen is determined to host the VJ Day celebrations GETTY The Queen is determined to host the VJ Day celebrations Her Majesty is "determined" to head a series of events on Saturday, on the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, despite this week's revelation the Royal Family are a target of an Islamic State (ISIS) terror bomb plot on the same day.

The defiant monarch will be joined by other members of the Royal Family and Prime Minister David Cameron to mark VJ Day - Victory over Japan - at the event in central London, which is expected to attract thousands of people.

The Metropolitan Police is encouraging people to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal, despite reports senior figures in the bloodthirsty terror group have several potential bombers already in Britain and ready to attack.

Amid the emergence of the ISIS plot in a Sunday newspaper report, police and MI5 were said to be desperately racing against the clock to foil an assassination strike against the Queen by British jihadists.

ISIS are reportedly looking to strike by detonating a pressure cooker bomb in central London, which is said to have prompted an urgent review of security arrangements for the events.


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VJ Day anniversary: Queen leads memorials in London despite alleged terror threat DANICA KIRKA Saturday 15 August 2015


The Queen and husband Prince Philip has led ceremonies in Britain commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Veterans and prisoners of war of the conflict joined Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the monarchy at a church service in St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

On the other side of the world, Japan, China and South Korea have also held ceremonies to commemorate the end of a conflict which officially finished on 15 August 1945.

Hundreds of spectators lined London's streets as veterans and former prisoners of war took part in a parade through the centre of the city towards Westminster Abbey. Many who turned out commented on the importance of remembering a date often overlooked by the celebrations surrounding the defeat of the Nazis in Europe.

"I think it's very important to the veterans because they feel that they've been treated as the forgotten army," Pauline Simpson, one of the organisers said. "Their comrades that fought in Europe came home in May 1945 and they came back to a huge welcome and celebration.

She continued: "And for many people in the nation it was the end of the war. But in actual fact for all of the men still in the Far East in captivity, many of them didn't even know that the war had ended. And they didn't start returning home until three or four months later."

At a memorial service held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields some in the crowd dabbed their eyes during the solemn ceremony that recalled the pain and the memory of those who had perished.


The Queen meets veterans

The Queen meets veterans David Cameron lays a wreath at Horse Guards Parade David Cameron lays a wreath at Horse Guards Parade

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"(We) remember, with gratitude, those who gave their lives for the cause which we have believed to be right, and especially to remember our comrades who, in prison camps, or in the seas of the Far East, made the supreme sacrifice, and also to remember those who have died, since their return, as a result of their suffering," Sam Wells, the vicar of St Martin, told the congregation.

Ted Cogdell, 97, from south Wales, who fought with the 55th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

Ted Cogdell, 97, from south Wales, who fought with the 55th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

RAF veteran John Watkins, 89, from Boston, Lincolnshire

RAF veteran John Watkins, 89, from Boston,

Lincolnshire Actor Charles Dance reads 'Mandalay' by Rudyard Kipling Actor Charles Dance reads 'Mandalay' by Rudyard Kipling


A veteran wipes away a tear during commemorations

The Prime Minister attended the service, stopping during the parade to speak to veterans and their families, including brothers Ernest Dale, 92, and Johnny, 95, believed to be the oldest siblings to have fought in D-Day.

The Metropolitan Police has reassured participants after media reports that extremists intend to target the ceremonies.

Scotland Yard Commander Dave Musker says police have worked closely with the Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion to make sure the ceremonies pass peacefully. Associated Press


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