Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Jihadists Murder 18 Soldiers

Al BeBeeCeera reports:

Philippines: 18 soldiers dead in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants

Al Jizz would like you to know that Abu Sayyaf is basically no more than a social network and that only recently they resorted to criminal activities like kidnapping. They are obliged to lie for the cause.

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The Philippines military says 18 soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting with Islamist militants in the south of the country.

It says more than 50 other soldiers were wounded on Saturday during the clashes with members of the Abu Sayyaf group on Basilan island.

Five militants including a Moroccan national were killed, the army said.

A Moroccan? Why would a Moroccan end up in the Philippines fighting jihad against unbelievers?

The army was reportedly targeting an Abu Sayyaf commander who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The US government has offered a reward of up to $5m (£3.5m) for information leading to the capture of Isnilon Hapilon.

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At least four of the soldiers were beheaded in the clashes with about 100 Abu Sayyaf militants, AFP quoted a regional military spokesman as saying.

Beheadings? How unislamic!

“Our group was heading to attack them. On the way, they were ambushed,” Colonel Benedict Manquiquis, spokesman for the army unit involved in the battle, told radio station DZRH.

“The enemy had the high ground so no matter where our soldiers fled to seek cover, they could still be hit by the heavy firepower and improvised explosive devices,” he said.

Among the five militants killed were a Moroccan, Mohammed Khattab, and one of Hapilon’s sons, Ubaida, Reuters reported.

former Italian missionary Rolando Del Torchio waits for medical treatment at the Trauma Center Zamboanga city hours after his release from suspected Abu SayyafImage copyrightAP

Image captionThe fighting came a day after Abu Sayyaf released retired Italian priest Rolando Del Torchio

Government forces had moved against Abu Sayyaf after a series of abductions of foreigners, regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan said.

On Friday a retired Italian priest being held hostage by the group was released after six months in captivity.

Eighteen other foreign hostages including two Canadians and a Norwegian are being held in the Philippines.

Almost all are thought to be in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf group in encampments on Jolo island, near Basilan island.

The Abu Sayyaf group was set up in the early 1990s with money from al-Qaeda.

A laptop shows a video allegedly showing hostages of the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the PhilippinesImage copyrightAP

Image captionAbu Sayyaf has a history of kidnapping tourists for ransom

I don’t like to use Wiki for references, but even here we can see clearly that Abu Sayyaf is part of the worldwide jihad, and they fly the same flag as ISIL.

Abu Sayyaf

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the Filipino Islamist group. For individuals known as Abu Sayyaf and other uses, see Abu Sayyaf (disambiguation).
Abu Sayyaf
Participant in the Moro conflict in the Philippines, the Moro attacks on MalaysiaMilitary intervention against ISIL, and
the Global War on Terrorism
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The Black Standard of ISIL, which was adopted by Abu Sayyaf
Active 1991–present
Ideology Islamism
Islamic fundamentalism
Salafi[1]
Leaders Abdurajik Abubakar Janjalani  [2]
Khadaffy Janjalani  [3]
Radullan Sahiron[4][5]
Isnilon Totoni Hapilon[6][7]
Mahmur Japuri [8]
Headquarters JoloSulu, Philippines
Area of operations PhilippinesMalaysia
Strength 300+[9]
Part of  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Allies 14K Triad[10]
Flag of Jihad.svg al-Qaeda (formerly)
Opponents Philippines Government of the Philippines[11]

Abu Sayyaf (Listeni/ˌɑːb/ /sɑːˌjɔːf/Arabicجماعة أبو سياف‎; Jamāʿah Abū SayyāfASGFilipinoGrupong Abu Sayyaf)[22] 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,[23] and was responsible for the Philippines‘ worst terrorist attack, the bombing of Superferry 14 in 2004, which killed 116 people.[24] The name of the group is derived from the Arabic ابو, abu (“father of”) and sayyaf (“swordsmith”).[25] As of 2012, the group was estimated to have between 200 and 400 members,[26] down from 1250 in 2000.[27] They use mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars, and automatic rifles.

Since its inception in 1991, the group has carried out bombingskidnappings, assassinations, and extortion[28] in what they describe as their fight for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.[29] They have also been involved in criminal activities, including kidnappingrapechild sexual assaultforced marriage,[30] drive-by shootingsextortion, and drug trafficking,[31] and the goals of the group “appear to have alternated over time between criminal objectives and a more ideological intent”.[26]

The group has been designated as a terrorist group by the United Nations, Australia,[12] Canada,[13] Indonesia,[14] Malaysia,[15] the Philippines,[11] United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom[16] and the United States.[17][29] In 2002, fighting Abu Sayyaf became a mission of the American military’s Operation Enduring Freedom and part of the Global War on Terrorism.[32][33] 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.[33]

The group was founded by Abdurajik Abubakar Janjalani, and led after his death in 1998 by his younger brother Khadaffy Janjalani who was killed in 2007. On 23 July 2014, Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Totoni Hapilon swore an oath of loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL.[6] In September 2014, the group began kidnapping people to ransom, in the name of ISIL.[34]