Terrorists

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In a country where groups and organizations are identified by colors, two groups – the “reds” and the “yellows” – have taken center stage in the political arena. On the side of the reds are the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA), and National Democratic Front (NDF). On the yellow side are the Liberal Party (LP) and Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas After five months of seemingly endless battles and bombings, the Philippine military finally was able to declare an end to the hostilities in Marawi, the bloodiest and costliest military operation against terrorists or secessionists ever, even dwarfing the Battle of Jolo in 1974. The Battle of Jolo, which started when militant forces from the Moro National Liberation Front Read More …

In this undated photo made available, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, by Philippine National Police in Manila, Philippines, Khair Mundos, left, a top commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on the U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists and has once acknowledged receiving al-Qaida funds to finance local bombings, poses with his comrades while training at their camp on Mindanao island in southern Philippines. Philippine security officials said Mundos was arrested in a slum community near Manila's international airport but it was not immediately clear why he was in the capital. The military and police have been hunting him for his alleged involvement in bombings and kidnappings. (AP Photo/Philippine National Police)

By Jim Gomez Associated Press MANILA — Philippine security forces on yesterday captured a top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on a US list of most-wanted terrorists and has acknowledged receiving al-Qaeda funds to finance bombings in the country. Khair Mundos did not resist when army troops and police arrested him in a slum community near Manila’s international airport. It Read More …

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By Paul Atienza The Daily Tribune CONSIDERED ‘UNGOVERNED, UNDER-GOVERNED OR ILL-GOVERNED’ AREAS The US government has retained the Philippines among countries considered as “terrorist safe havens” based on an official report submitted to the US Congress last May 30. Entitled “Country Reports on Terrorism 2012,” the report is periodically sent to Congress in compliance with a US law that requires the Department of State to Read More …

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By Erick San Juan At the Rapplers.com interview of anti-terror expert Dr. Rohan Gunaratna last week, he said that-” Any successful terrorist attack is an intelligence failure.” We’ve been bombarded by daily doses of fear of war, bombings, pandemics, market crash, epic economic collapse, etc.,etc. The threat of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong un was waylaid by an intelligence information that North Korea is ready Read More …

Malaysian military taking dead Filipino (Photo credit: AFP)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz   From the get-go of the Sabah incident, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III appeared to be too accommodating to Malaysia.  Recently, a news account reported that P-Noy was bent on extraditing Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his Tausug followers to Malaysia despite the absence of an extradition treaty between the two countries.  The news report attributed the story to Justice Secretary Leila Read More …

The MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force)

By LEE FERRAN  ABC NEWS The CIA used a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia to launch the September 2011 strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a high-profile American member of al Qaeda, according to reports. The purported existence of the drone base in the Middle Eastern nation was revealed in a pair of reports by The New York Times and The Washington Post today, a Read More …

Telltale Signs By Rodel Rodis Terror Alert! A group of 16 Filipino suicide bombers are poised to infiltrate the US border in Mexico wearing deadly explosive vests to be detonated in heavy metropolitan areas to kill Americans. A crack team of US Navy SEALs have been dispatched to intercept them. That is the surprising plot of the new Hollywood film “Act of Valor” which premiered Read More …

By Michael Doyle McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — Lawyers signed off on the targeted killing of Anwar al Awlaki, the radical U.S.-born Muslim cleric whose violent death provokes fresh questions about right and wrong in wartime. Rules, after all, still apply even when the missiles start flying. The Obama administration considers Awlaki’s killing the justified elimination of a proven national security threat. Critics, including Republican presidential Read More …

AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star Your Chair Wrecker was lucky to have been watching Dr. Love on DZMM-TeleRadyo last Tuesday and enjoying the nostalgic music that program host Bro. Jun Banaag, OP dishes. I was scheduled to leave at 3 p.m. that day for the St. Luke’s Hospital in Global City for a Pet CT Scan at 5 Read More …