AFP-ASG clashes on Jolo:
A day after six Philippine Marines were reported killed in clashes with Moro Rebels in Mindanao’s Sulu chain of islands on Jolo. New reports reaching manila put the Abu Sayyaf body count at nearly thirty in just one battle.
Commanders in the area note that in the past the groups other cells on Mindanao have engaged in attacks elsewhere and issued warnings for heightened security at ‘soft targets’ in the area.
Philippine general says southern cities on alert over possible …
… Jakarta Post, Indonesia “… bombings allegedly planned by the Abu Sayyaf could be aimed at extorting money from businesses or diverting the military’s focus from monthlong US-backed … ” 
The fighting would seem to be some of the heaviest in the area – this is all part of an effort to cut off escape routes and prevent the escape anew of leaders of the ASG and the Jemaah Islamiah allies they are reportedly protecting.
The fighting is moving at a fast pace with new clashes reported daily at military command centers. One of the best sources and most reliable is the NewsBlog website of the Mindanao Examiner based in Zamboanga City.
 …”RP Military Says 80 Sayyafs Dead In Fierce Jolo Fighting by zamboangajournal ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 06 Sept) Southern Philippine military officials on Wednesday said more than 80 members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group were killed in three days of fierce fighting in Jolo island, … …
The Mindanao Examiner – http://zamboangajournal.wordpress.com
…”Philippines – Philippines to dispatch more troops to hunt down … offensive preempts Abu Sayyaf attack in Balita.org, UK – Aug 11, 2006The ongoing … Offesnsives Against the Abu Sayyaf and JI in the Philippines … … Abu Sayyaf Group’s Notorious Chieftain: A Profile of Khadaffy … …
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There is more than three quarters of a Billion pesos or roughly 17 million dollars in rewards are being offered versus the three most wanted in the pursuit operations. But reward money aside the men allegedly are also feared to creating new cells and making new bombs in the south as well as introducing new bomb making techniques.
Battered Marines vow to ‘finish off’ Abu Sayyaf
INQ7.net, Philippines – … only two of their number unscathed, a 27-man platoon of Marines on Monday held off close to 200 fighters of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf until reinforcements …
30 Sayyaf rebels slain in military operations Manila Standard Today
Patikul clash leaves 30 Abu Sayyaf dead Manila Times
05 – 30 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu air strike Balita.org
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