Abu ‘X’: New ASG leader a mystery says reports

March 3, 2007 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

For now the man is Abu “X” a unkown leader of the ASG who seeing perhaps how nearly all of the known leaders have either been captured or killed or hunted down in the jungles of Mindanao to the hinterland areas of Jolo and Basilan prefers to go  ‘Unkown’ to all but the ASG itself.

[] ” …Officials: Unknown militant considered to lead al-Qaida-linked
International Herald Tribune, France – JOLO, Philippines: A little-known Filipino militant is being considered to lead the violent al-Qaida-linked group Abu Sayyaf after US-backed troops killed …..” []

With the Australian government still pointing to the ASG and the JI as the major peace and order threat in SE Asia. The report of the International Herald Tribune the says the ‘unkown’ is leading what is considered al qeada’s most violent and profitable franchise in Asia, Estimate on ransom income from the Sipadan Kidnappings alone go over a Billion Philippine Pesos. Not to forget to mention tying down a good protion of the US Delta force in Asia and forcing regional allies to keep on thier toes to prevent attacks in the region.

Philippine, US troops end two weeks of military drills in restive
International Herald Tribune, France – AP. BATO-BATO, Philippines: Hundreds of US troops wound down two weeks of military exercises Saturday that focused on development work in the southern
DOD official: Int’l partnership necessary
United Press International –As a model of this international partnership O’Connell cited the 2002 US-Philippine combined action against the AbuSayyaf organization.

The ASG – down – but not quite knocked out still needs the focus and attention of Washington, London, Manila. and, Malaysia’s KL and Singapore – because a lot of the flow of terror funds and action has passed through those small islets of the southern Philippines.

 Safe Haven for Islamic Terrorists
Strategy Page :  The government believes 82 members of Indonesian terrorist group, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the major al Qaeda affiliates in southeast Asia,
Jemaah Islamiyah poses biggest Southeast Asia threat: Australia
China Post, Taiwan – Militant group Jemaah Islamiyah may have gone quiet but its radical wing is keen to mount new attacks and poses the biggest threat to Southeast Asian

Southern Thailands current problems based on tactics and types of attacks and as well fueled by domestic issues is I am sure in the near future to be formally linked to the regional fight on terror as much as tourism based Thailand does not want to admit it.

The types of weapons retoric of Jihad and types of attacks used point to a link to what is happening here in the Southern Philippines or what has happened in the past or so it seems to experts here.

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