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Government troops clear Islamic State-linked terror group’s camp, killing 35

Thirty-six members of the Islamic State-affiliated Maute terror group were killed in a three-day clash with government forces in Lanao del Sur, the military announced today (Monday, April 24). The gun battle, which started on Friday, ended this morning after the government forces occupied the terror group’s main camp in Piagapo town, Army spokesman…


Aby Sayyaf behead soldier in Sulu after terrorists killed in Bohol

A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week by Abu Sayyaf terrorists was found beheaded in Sulu shortly after three members of the Islamic State-linked group were killed in a clash on Bohol. The head and body of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion was found in Patikul town,…



Terror warnings blamed as foreign visitors cancel trips to the Philippines

Tourism companies are reporting that foreign visitors have begun cancelling trips, particularly in the Central Visayas region. The news comes after Abu Sayyaf’s foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol island last week, and numerous travel advisories from overseas governments. Among the reported cancellations were 500 tourists from Japan, who were planning…


Abu Sayyaf suspected after coast guard beats off pirate attack

The Philippine coast guard have foiled an attempted pirate attack on a cargo vessel by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists. The attempted boarding yesterday (Tuesday, April 18) of the Doña Anabelle occurred off Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte about 50 miles to the north of the Sulu archipelago, the Islamic State-affiliated group’s…


Duterte warns that he might “invade” Abu Sayyaf’s island stronghold

President Duterte warned today (Wednesday, April 19) that he might “invade” an island stronghold of Abu Sayyaf to “finish the game” following the foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol last week. The president also offered cash rewards for the capture, dead or alive, of six militants still at large following the…


Despite Duterte’s threats, joint US-Philippine military exercises to go ahead

The Philippine military has confirmed it will hold annual exercises with US troops next month, despite frequent threats by President Duterte to cancel them. The 10-day exercises, known as Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder), will go ahead in May, an focus on counter-terrorism and disaster response as the fight against Abu Sayyaf and…


On-the-run terrorists behead “sickly” captive who was slowing them down

Abu Sayyaf terrorists have beheaded a Filipino captive, the military has revealed. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, military commander on Jolo island, said the ship’s captain — one of four fishermen abducted in December — was executed on Thursday. Noel Besconde was kidnapped by the Islamic State-affiliated group while fishing in…


Top Abu Sayyaf terror chief offers to surrender

In a fresh blow to the Abu Sayyaf terror group, the most senior leader in its Sulu stronghold wants to hand himself in, as government forces pummel his island stronghold. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, chief of the Western Mindanao Command, told The Philippine Star that Radulan Sahiron wants to turn himself in…


Abu Sayyaf planned mass kidnapping of tourists on Easter Sunday

The Abu Sayyaf terrorists who landed on Bohol yesterday were planning a mass kidnapping at a tourist resort, the military has said today (Wednesday, April 12). The raid came just two days after the US Embassy in Manila warned that the Islamic State-affiliated group was planning an attack in the Central…