Isnilon Totoni Hapilon: ASG’s new leader?
The last remaining high profile leader of the al-Harakat al-Islamiyya or Abu Sayyaf left if DNA tests confirm Kadaffy Janjalani’s corpse was the one recovered two weeks ago in Sulu.
Per the Philippine Military the expected new commander of the ASG: Isnilon Totoni Hapilon AKA: Abu Musab, Sol, Abu Tuan, Esnilon, Salahuddin, The Deputy, Deputy Amir
Hapilon, 40, who hails from Basilan Island is seen as the likely succesor to Janjalani and Abu Solaiman should things follow the path most see – He is a battle hardened veteran of the campaigns of the Southern Philippines. Quiet and like his uncle another former ASG leader. He studied at the University of the Philippines and has studied engineering.
Conflicting reports have also confused his current status as some have claimed in past media reports that he was killed in 2004 – but – other statements by Philippine military leaders say this is partly confused by other members of his family who also are highly placed within the ASG and Islamic rebel ranks.
If DNA tests confirm Janjalani’s demise then Hapilon is now the overall commander of the ASG.
“… Indicted in the District of Columbia, for his alleged involvement in terrorist acts against United States nationals and other foreign nationals in and around the Republic of the Philippines. Hapilon allegedly served as deputy or second in command for the foreign terrorist organization, Abu Sayyaf Group …” US FBI most wanted terrorists website
Under the Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Isnilon Totoni Hapilon.
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