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Here are a couple of stories that go into some detail about the current situation.


Terror group rises from jihadist ashes


DIWM, allies hatching bomb plots—general


SECURITY officials are closely monitoring a new umbrella organization of Mindanao-based terrorist groups, police and military sources told the Manila Standard Monday.


Called Dawlatul Islamiyah Waliyatul Masrik, the group replaces Ansar Khilafa Philippines, whose leader, Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, was killed on Jan. 5. 


“We’ve been monitoring the formation of this new group for several months already through continuous intelligence gathering and comparing our assessments with the assessments of some independent experts on terrorism,” a military general who spoke on condition of anonymity said.


Intelligence reports said bombers from the Abu Sayyaf group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the Maute group, AKP, and even “lost command” groups of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were pulling together to launch bomb attacks.


“Their ultimate objective is to be recognized by the daesh [islamic State] as a member or affiliate organization under the name DIWM here in the Philippines,” another security officer from the police said.



TENTACLES OF TERRORISM. Security authorities are closely monitoring the formation of a new umbrella terror group called Dawlatul Isamiyah Waliyatul Mastrik which officials say consists of existing local terror groups based in Mindanao.

He said the bomb attacks in Davao City, Hilongos in Leyte, Midsayap in North Cotabato, and the foiled Manila bombing are interconnected.


“All those arrested perpetrators from all these incidents spoke of the formation of he DIWM. In fact, they came from different groups such as the Maute, Abu Sayyaf, AKP, and have backgrounds from the BIFF and MILF,” he said.


An Abu Sayyaf leader, Isnilon Hapilon, started the group in Basilan in February 2016, with a pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State.


On Monday, the Philippine National Police said it is closely monitoring five to 10 foreigners who are allegedly conducting training in terrorist camps in Mindanao.


At a press conference Monday, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa said there might be more foreign nationals but said they would be difficult to identify as such if they were Malays.


Also on Monday, Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduaro Año said the military was using a new approach to combatting terrorists by neutralizing their top leaders.


Ano would not offer any specifics, but said the new approach would “finish this problem once and for all.”


Last week, a Sudanese national, Abu Naila, believed to be bound for Syria to fight for the Islamic State together and his wife Kadija were killed in a shootout with security forces on the outskirts of Sarangani province.


His death followed the killing of Maguid at a beach resort in Sarangani province.


At present, Año said they had been 51 battalions deployed to different areas of Mindanao, the biggest military contingent that has been amassed on the island.


“Not in our history has there been this massive deployment of our troops, but we are going to make sure that our campaign against the Abu Sayyaf will not be prolonged and we wanted this to finish it,” Año said.


Año said they have intensified its intelligence operations while drawing on community support to provide information on terrorists in their locality.


“We are encouraging the community to help us by reporting suspicious-looking… people in their locality,” Año said. With Francisco Tuyay, PNA





10 foreign terrorists hiding in PH – ‘Bato’  



At least five to ten foreign terrorists have sought refuge in the country, the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) disclosed on Monday.


Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa told a news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City that these foreign terrorists are of different nationalities.


“I cannot give you the exact figure but as far as police intelligence is concerned we are monitoring at least five to ten of different nationalities,” dela Rosa said.


He admitted that Filipino intelligence operatives are having a hard time looking for the Malay-looking terrorists.


The Philippine National Police chief they had received information that the foreign terrorists are training in the country for deployment later to strife-torn Syria.


One of those who had finished training in the Philippines, according to dela Rosa, was a suspected member of the jihadist group Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines (AKP) killed in Sarangani province in southern Mindanao last Saturday.


“This Sudanese was bound for Syria. So this group AKP is really aligned with the ISIS,” he said.


The slain foreigner was identified as Abu Naila and his wife, a certain Kadija, was also killed during an operation in Barangay Daliao, Maasim town.


Superintendent Romeo Galgo, spokesman for the Central Mindanao regional police, said one of the suspects attempted to lob a grenade at policemen sent to arrest them, prompting the authorities to shoot them.


Police killed last Thursday morning the leader of the AKP, Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, alias Tokboy.


A source from the police intelligence community had said that one of the Malaysian terror suspect being monitored hiding in Mindanao is Amin Baco alias Abu Jihad.


The intelligence source said Abu Jihad is a member of the Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) who has been given safe refuge by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu in Mindanao.


The source added that Abu Jihad is also helping ASG members recruit locally.


The intelligence source said the Malaysian suspect was involved in past bombing incidents in Mindanao and is one of the five JI members who has been hiding in Sulu under the protection of the ASG.


The source from the police intelligence community added that a foreign terrorist from the Kihilafa Islamiya Movement (KIM) is training members of the ASG in guerilla warfare in an undisclosed location in in Lanao del Sur.


The ASG and KIM are among the terrorist groups in southern Philippines that have pledged allegiance to the ISIS.


The source from the intelligence community identified the foreign terrorist trainor as Abdurahman, a Saudi Arabian and a JI member.


The intelligence source said Abdurahman has been staying in the country for many years.


The source added that Abdurahman is married to a Tausug and residing at a mosque near a mall in Davao City.


According to the intelligence source, the IM has received funding from a support group in Saudi Arabia.



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Wonder why Saudi Arabia keeps popping up on these kinds of reports?

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ISIS makes direct contact with Abu Sayyaf, wants caliphate in PH
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine defense chief Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the leadership of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria made direct contact with Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon back in December 2016 to instruct him to find a suitable area to establish a caliphate in Mindanao.
"Mayroon silang contact ngayon (They've made contact). One of the leaders in Basilan, Isnilon Hapilon, moved to Central Mindanao allegedly on the behest of ISIS people in the Middle East to find out if Central Mindanao is more conducive to the establishment of their wilayat (caliphate)," Lorenzana said on Thursday, January 26, in a press briefing.
Citing intelligence reports, Lorenzana said ISIS finds the islands of Sulu and Basilan, where the Abu Sayyaf Group traditionally operates, too small for a caliphate. "Madali sila maipit sa (They can be easily trapped in the) area," he said.
He said Isnilon appears to be considering the area of Central Mindanao and is rallying the support of the Maute Group that is based there.
Lorenzana said this is why the military has focused its operations on the terror groups there. "Fortunately we found out that he (Isnilon) was there so we are now pursuing him," Lorenzana said.
Lorenzana said the military confirmed communications between the ISIS and Hapilon after he was monitored moving from his base in Basilan to Lanao del Norte.
Isnilon brought a small group of his men to Lanao. "Not all. He brought a small group of his people. The bulk of his men are still in Basilan. I think he went there to see if they can establish a caliphate," Lorenzana said.
The area in Central Mindanao is also a known territory of the Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that finalized a peace deal with the previous Aquino administration and is counting on the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to implement.
Lorenzana assured the public that the military will not allow ISIS to establish a caliphate in the Philippines.
"They want to establish cells or an Islamic province or wilayat. Now, we will see to it that they're not going to establish those kinds of organizations here," Lorenzana said.
Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa reported as early as January 2016 about an ISIS video talking about plans to create a caliphate in Mindanao. Hapilon himself had long ago sworn allegiance to the ISIS although the military said there were no direct links until now.
A ranking US military officer also recently warned against terror attacks in the Asia Pacific as ISIS loses ground in the Middle East and its combatants escape for new areas that will welcome them.



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Wonder why Saudi Arabia keeps popping up on these kinds of reports?

Isn't their royalty already linked?


It's good enough evidence for a nuke.

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At present, Año said they had been 51 battalions deployed to different areas of Mindanao, the biggest military contingent that has been amassed on the island.


If there are actually 51 battalions deployed to Mindanao, that would equate to approximately 43,000 troops or almost half of the Philippines Active Military (125,000).  Of course, there could be active reservists in those number assigned, but that is still a lot of men in the field.

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If there are actually 51 battalions deployed to Mindanao, that would equate to approximately 43,000 troops or almost half of the Philippines Active Military (125,000).  Of course, there could be active reservists in those number assigned, but that is still a lot of men in the field.


These recent troop deployments will hopefully reduce the number of people these terrorist organizations can recruit in Mindanao. Most of those troops are involved with nation,building, community relations and security which will help turn the tide of some of the people that have been supporting them and/or afraid to cooperate with the government in the past. 

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Wonder why Saudi Arabia keeps popping up on these kinds of reports?

lets hope they stop or the Philippines will be put on the no visa list

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