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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

    Posted May 01st 2014, 02:27pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Zamboanga, Philippines 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 the total number of Abu Sayyaf fighters killed in a month of operations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1501576/death-toll-philippine-assault-militants-rises-26
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    US to disband joint Philippine anti-terror task force, its job largely done

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 10:56pm by AP

    ... a few thousand fighters to about 300, who survive on extortion and kidnappings for ransom while dodging military assaults. Meanwhile, the US and the Philippines yesterday started joint naval ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541244/us-disband-joint-philippine-anti-terror-task-force-its-job-largely-done
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Muslim rebels launch new assault on troops in southern Philippines

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Zamboanga Muslim rebels launch new assault on troops Muslim rebels clashed with troops and took hostages in a fresh outbreak of violence in the strife-torn southern Philippines yesterday. The fighting in the centre of Mindanao island came as a stand-off with another Muslim armed group elsewhere in Mindanao entered its third week. Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1316264/muslim-rebels-launch-new-assault-troops-southern-philippines
  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine rebels seize gold miners to use as 'human shields' against army troops

    Posted May 04th 2014, 06:19pm by AFP

    ... they are vulnerable to an assault." Logico said the military launched the attack on two fronts last week to flush out the rebels amid reports that they were harassing villages. "We had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1504254/philippine-rebels-seize-gold-miners-use-human-shields-against-army-troops
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    15 dead in Philippines after clashes with Islamic militants

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 12:36pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Zamboanga, Philippines The Philippine military said on Wednesday it had launched an air and ground assault against Islamic militants wanted for a spate of kidnappings, with 14 militants and one soldier killed in the clashes. The fighting began on Tuesday after marines overran a camp of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group on the heavily forested island ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1500616/15-dead-philippines-after-clashes-islamic-militants
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Muslim rebels joyous, but wary, at peace prospects for the Philippines

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 04:33pm by Agence France-Presse in Sultan Kudurat, The Philippines

    ... wearing camouflage uniforms and pointing assault rifles to the sky, shouted “Allahu akbar”, or “God is greater”, as they watched the historic moment on a television screen in a grassy field. ... in the past to disrupt the peace process and has been able to withstand repeated government assaults against it. “The war is not yet over. We are still here.” BIFF spokesman Abu Missry Mama “The war ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1459270/muslim-rebels-joyous-wary-peace-prospects-philippines
  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino sisters freed from eight months of captivity

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 03:20pm by AP

    ... demanded 50 million pesos ransom (HK$8.65 million) in exchange for the sisters’ freedom, but Lacuesta said it was not clear if money had changed hands. Constant military assaults and search ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1432591/filipino-sisters-freed-eight-months-captivity
  8. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines President Aquino set to sign Muslim group peace deal

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 02:36pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... and displacing 750,000 others. Immediately after negotiations with the MILF ended last month, security forces launched an assault against the BIFF in which 53 of its fighters and a soldier were killed. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1436286/philippines-president-aquino-set-sign-muslim-group-peace-deal
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Military say 40 Muslim rebels killed in Philippine offensive

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 11:03am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Manila Philippine troops have killed at least 40 Islamic fighters and captured a rebel stronghold with a bomb-making facility in a two-day offensive against insurgents opposed to a new peace deal, military officials said on Thursday. President Benigno Aquino III said the military launched the assault to protect villages after Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1417336/military-say-40-muslim-rebels-killed-philippine-offensive
  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine military says 17 Muslim rebels killed

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 12:31pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... The assault was launched on Monday, two days after the successful end of negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1415654/philippine-military-says-17-muslim-rebels-killed

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