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Abu Sayyaf's Resilience Defies U.S., Philippine Efforts

Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

Despite numerous statements by Philippine and U.S. authorities over the past few years highlighting progress in the fight against terrorism, recent events in the southernmost corner of the Philippines show that the battle there is far from won.

On Aug. 1, seven Philippine marines were killed -- five of them beheaded or mutilated -- and 21 others wounded after being ambushed by some 300 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Patikul, in the Sulu Archipelago. Unconfirmed reports say that 11 ASG members were also killed in the fighting. ...

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