US Navy offers to help Southeast Asia combat Abu Sayyaf piracy

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The United States Navy says the US is concerned about a series of attacks and abductions of tugboats by Abu Sayyaf in the waters of Sulu and is willing to lend a hand if needed.

Speaking on behalf of the US Navy, Rear Admiral Brian Hurley said Monday that the US has worked with several Southeast Asian governments who are under attack in the waters of Sulu, and are there to help ensure freedom of navigation to each and every one of them.

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U.S. Navy Ready to Help Southeast Asia Fight Abu Sayyaf Attacks at Sea – www.philippineslifestyle.com (stock photo)

Prior to the release, the Philippines, along with Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed upon coordinated patrols to establish a safe ‘transit corridor’ as designated sea lanes for boats, ships and personal watercraft at the high seas bordering their countries.

As of recently an alarming rate of cross-border attacks by Abu Sayyaf terrorists have taken place – the situation is so bad as of lately, Indonesia released a statement last week signaling their intentions to stop all coal shipments to the Philippines.

That news rocked the power grid industry in the Philippines as Indonesia supplies over 70 per cent of the thermal coal to the country.

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