Â Â Â Â Â *Â Tribesmen will counter Taliban activities in Dir
Â Â Â Â Â Â *Â Pak tribesmen vow to join Taliban
Moro Islamic Liberation Front renews call for jihad against Philippines gov’t
Philippines Jihad Update. “MILF: Religious leaders calling for jihad vs govt,” fromÂ GMA News
MANILA, Philippines â€” Religious leaders in Lanao are calling for a jihad (holy war) in fighting “oppressors” against Islam, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) claimed Saturday.
“Sermons of the religious leaders of Lanao provinces in Friday’s congregational prayers called on the Bangsamoro to unite and wageÂ jihad fi sabilillahÂ in fighting the oppressors, religious persecutors and enemies of Islam,” it said.
That is, jihad for the sake of Allah, which refers toÂ armed conflict. More from JW
Philippines: Marines rescue kidnapped children from al-Qaeda group
A reminder that “al-Qaeda groups” will go to any lengths, no matter how despicable, to seize power: “RP Marines rescue 2 children seized by Muslim militants,” fromÂ GMA News
Â Â Â Â Â *Â MILF rebels burn houses, buildings in Maguindanao – military
The Abu Sayyaf, believed to have more than 300 gunmen, has been battered by U.S.-backed Philippine military offensives in Jolo and nearby islands andÂ has resorted to kidnappings for ransom and extortion to survive. – AP/JW
Thai government, Muslim leaders “agree to end southern conflict”
There is a striking similarity in this story to the peace talks between jihadists and the government of the Philippines, which recently fell apart and returned directly toÂ calls for jihad. One cannot help but wonder, when aware of Islamic history and teachings regarding truces (hudna), whether this will truly lead to a lasting peace, or just buy time.
“Thailand: Govt and Muslims agree to end southern conflict,” fromÂ AdnKronos International
Demands by Thai Muslims include the introduction of Islamic lawÂ and making ethnic Pattani Malay (Yawi) a working language in the region, as well as the improvement of the local economy and education system. (which means jihad indoctrination in Koran schools instead of Â education/ed)
Â Our Pakistani friends and allies fire on U.S. helicopters
U.S. helicopters reportedly cross into Pakistan
ISLAMABAD:Â Pakistani troops and tribesmen opened fire when two U.S. helicopters crossed into the country from Afghanistan, intelligence officials said Monday.