As the prime minister vows fight against ‘the ruthless terrorists’
Police spokesman Abdifatah Aden Hassan told reporters at the scene the number of casualties in Saturday’s attack could be higher as some of the dead and wounded were taken away by relatives after the attack targeting a convoy going into the palace.
“Al-Shabab is behind the blast. They killed eight people including a soldier and a mother and two children. Al-Shabab massacres civilians,” he said.
In a brief statement, the group confirmed it was behind the bombing.
“The mujahideen carried [out] a martyrdom operation targeting the main security checkpoint of the presidential palace,” it said.
Al-Shabab, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its interpretation of Islamic law, frequently carries out such bombings….
Government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said among those killed was Hibaq Abukar, a women and human rights affairs adviser in Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s office.
“She was one of the pillars of PM’s office [for] women affairs,” he said on his Facebook page.
Roble condemned the attack and paid tribute to Abukar, whom he called “a young hard-working vibrant girl with honesty” as well as a “devoted citizen.”
“We have to cooperate in the fight against the ruthless terrorists who regularly kill our people,” he added.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced the death of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi overnight.
According to Macron’s office, al-Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French aid workers and their Nigerien colleagues last year, and his group was behind a 2017 attack that killed U.S. and Niger military personnel.
He was killed in a strike by France’s Barkhane military operation “a few weeks ago,” but authorities waited to be sure of his identity before making the announcement, French Defense Minister Florence Parly told RFI radio Thursday.
She did not disclose details of the operation or where al-Sahrawi was killed, though ISIS is active along the border between Mali and Niger.
“He was at the origin of massacres and terror,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday on France-Info radio. He urged African governments to fill the void and seize back ground taken by the extremists.
Rumors of the militant leader’s death had circulated for weeks in Mali, though authorities in the region had not confirmed it. It was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim or to know how the remains had been identified….
#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The ruling by the Court of Cassation marks a major setback for Lafarge, which is accused of paying nearly 13 millions euros ($15.3 million) to jihadist groups including the Islamic State (IS) to keep its cement factory in northern Syria running through the early years of the country’s war.
#AceDailyNews report on cement corporation Lafarge paid $15,300,000 to jihad groups to keep Syria factory running and loses ruling in Syria ‘crimes against humanity’ case,” by Eleonore Dermy and Clare Byrne, AFP, September 7, 2021:
Lafarge’s lawyer refused AFP’s request for comment.
Lafarge, which merged in 2015 with Swiss group Holcim, has acknowledged that its Syrian subsidiary paid middlemen to negotiate with armed groups to allow the movement of staff and goods inside the war zone.
But it denies any responsibility for the money winding up in the hands of terrorist groups and has fought to have the case dropped.
The Paris Court of Appeal had in 2019 dismissed the crimes against humanity charge, saying it accepted that the payments were not aimed at abetting IS’s gruesome agenda of executions and torture.
It however ruled that the company be prosecuted on three other charges — financing terrorism, violating an EU embargo and endangering the lives of others.
Eleven former employees of Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) challenged the decision at the Court of Cassation, with the backing of NGOs.
Quashing the lower court’s finding on complicity, France’s highest court of appeal ruled Tuesday that “one can be complicit in crimes against humanity even if one doesn’t have the intention of being associated with the crimes committed.”
“Knowingly paying several million dollars to an organisation whose sole purpose was exclusively criminal suffices to constitute complicity, regardless of whether the party concerned was acting to pursue a commercial activity,” it added.
The judges added that “numerous acts of complicity” would go unpunished if courts adopted a more lenient interpretation….
#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: Fahd Ismail, 33 (09.07.88), of south east London was charged following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, and on Monday, 6 September, he was sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court……
#AceDailyNews reports that a man jailed for sharing extremist material encouraging violent Jihad: The offences date back to 2017 and relate to Islamist material which glorified acts of terrorism.
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This was a diligent and thorough investigation by highly skilled Counter Terrorism officers, which prevented further dissemination of extremist material: I encourage anyone who has suspicions about material someone is viewing online to report it to police without delay. Trust your instincts and know that you are never wasting our time.”………On 17 June 2020, Ismail was arrested on suspicion of an offence contrary to section 1 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006. He was subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries: On 18 December 2020 he was charged with four counts of possession of a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58, TACT 2000.
Earlier this year on Friday, 30 April, Ismail had a further two charges contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 added to his indictment and on Friday, 2 July he pleaded guilty to all six counts: Upon sentencing, Ismail was also given a 12 month licence extension and will be subject to a ten year Part 4 notification order.
+ Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) is encouraging communities across the country to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.
Around a fifth of reports from the public produce intelligence of help to CT Policing.
Is someone you know looking at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or sharing and creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism?
If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT or, in an emergency, dial 999.
#AceNewsReport – July.26: The United States has asked Turkey to secure Kabul’s airport after all American and NATO allied troops withdraw from the country by the end of next month.
#AceDailyNews says ….#Taliban says that if Turks extend their military presence in Afghanistan, it will wage jihad against them acording to a warning that came amid fresh battlefield moves that critics say show they are planning a military takeover of Afghanistan in defiance of their peace pledges, raising the prospects of a full-blown civil war if They Stay in Afghanistan,” by Ayaz Gul, VOA News, July 13, 2021:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday without elaborating that he had agreed with Washington on the “scope” of how to secure and manage the airport.
The Taliban condemned the deal as “reprehensible” and demanded Turkey review its decision.
“We consider stay of foreign forces in our homeland by any country under whatever pretext as occupation,” the group said in a media release. “The extension of occupation will arouse emotions of resentment and hostility inside our country towards Turkish officials and will damage bilateral ties.”…
#AceNewsReport – July.12: Four of these dismissed officials are from Anantnag, three from Budgam, and one each from Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, and Pulwama. Four were working in the Education Department, two were in the Jammu and Kashmir Police department, and others enjoyed various positions in the departments of Power, Skill Development, Health, Agriculture, and Sher E Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Srinagar.
#AceDailyNews says that on Saturday, July 11, eleven government officials in the Jammu and Kashmir administration were terminated for having jihad terror links.
Interestingly, two of the dismissed government employees were sons of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen founder Syed Salahudin, Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is a secessionist Islamic terrorist group operating in Indian-administered Kashmir to separate Kashmir from India and unite it with Pakistan. The jihad group has caused major unrest and plotted terror activities in the valley since its inception in 1989. The Indian government must be immensely generous to extend administrative positions to family members of the founder of an Islamic terror outfit, because no other rationale justifies entrusting the relatives of a terrorist with sensitive information.
The Union government had long suspected some government employees in Jammu and Kashmir of being involved in anti-national or terror activities. To identify these officials and tighten the noose around them, the government in July 2020 established a six-member committee for scrutinizing and recommending cases under Article 311 (2)(c) of the Constitution of India.
In its second meeting, the committee recommended three cases for termination of service, and in its fourth meeting, which was held recently, they recommended eight such cases. The recommendations abide by the applicable provisions of the Indian Constitution.
One of the three officials designated for dismissal during the second meeting is an Orderly of Industrial Training Institute, Kupwara, who has been sharing sensitive information about the movement of security forces with the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba. As an overground accomplice of the LeT, the Orderly has harbored terrorists and abetted them in executing terror plans clandestinely.
Two teachers from the Anantnag District were also dismissed in the second meeting. Guilty of partaking in anti-national activities, they were accused of supporting and propagating the secessionist ideology peddled by the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) among the Kashmiri youth. The Dukhtaran-e-Millat is part of a banned terrorist organization, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Jamat-e-Islami is another Islamic group promoting Islamic supremacy and Muslim brotherhood above nationality.
Among the eight government officials recommended for removal in the fourth meeting, two were serving as constables in the Jammu and Kashmir Police force; they supported terror activities from within the police department. They passed confidential information to jihad terrorists and provided them with significant logistical support. Constable Abdul Rashid Shigan has also carried out attacks on Indian security forces.
The two sons of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen founder Syed Salahudin, Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf, have been fired for involving in terror funding. The National Investigation Agency (India’s counter-terrorism task force) has tracked their terror funding, tracing their involvement in raising, collecting, receiving and transferring money through Hawala transactions and channelling them towards various terror activities plotted by the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
The next government employee to go down in the fourth meeting of the committee was Naaz M. Allaie. Despite being an Orderly of the Health Department, Allaie was associated with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as an overground worker. He has been found to have had direct involvement in several jihad terror activities in the past and had harbored two notorious terrorists at his residence.
The next two officials recommended for dismissal were Jamat-e-Islami ideologues Nisar Ahmad Tantray and Jabbar Ahmad Paray. They were employed with the Education Department and were terminated for furthering the secessionist agenda introduced into the valley by Pakistani elements.
Shaheen Ahmad Lone, an Inspector of the Power Department, was also fired for partaking in jihad terror activities, including smuggling and transporting arms and ammunition for Hizb-ul Mujahideen. In January last year, Lone was spotted traveling with a couple of terrorists on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, assisting them in transporting weapons and explosives.
The Muslim intelligentsia in India has played the victim card extensively and exhaustively, and successfully portrayed themselves as a hapless marginalized community. Their myriad complaints include claims of being denied jobs and representation in the bureaucracy. Left-leaning media houses build on these claims and produce lengthy accounts of injustices meted out to Indian Muslims. However, Muslims occupy almost all the key ranks in the J&K administration, and this is where we are today.
#AceNewsReport – JUne.28: Former radical Khairul Ghazali once spent his days visiting restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets to drop off charity boxes, wearing an official-looking uniform to avoid suspicion:
INDONESIA: Jihad group finances its activities through charity boxes for the poor and needy Alms for terror according to AFP, June 24, 2021:
Passers-by would slot in coins and crumpled banknotes in the belief that they were helping the impoverished, orphaned children or maybe a Palestinian aid organisation.
But Mr Ghazali’s boxes secretly belonged to Jemaah Islamiah (JI) – the notorious network behind Indonesia’s deadliest terror attack, the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings.
“People can’t tell the difference between these and other charity boxes,” said Mr Ghazali, 56, who now runs an Islamic boarding school and tries to deradicalise former extremists.
“The money collected is usually used to pay for terrorism.”
With little outside funding, hardline Islamist groups depend on the charity box scam to pay for operations across Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation, which has suffered a series of hotel bombings and other attacks over the years.
North Sumatra police said in March they had seized more than 500 boxes suspected to be funding pipelines for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and radicals linked to Al-Qaeda.
The seizure, weeks before an ISIS-inspired married couple blew themselves up at a church on Good Friday, was the tip of the iceberg.
A JI militant arrested last year admitted that one foundation linked to the notorious terror group was running more than 20,000 boxes nationwide, police said at the time….
#AceNewsReport – June.18: In the unsigned letter pasted on some locations in Asaba, the state capital on Sunday, the group gave Okowa 72 hours to withdraw his support for the ban or face series of attacks in the city:
Nigeria: Fulani herdsmen threaten jihad violence over ban on open grazing a group writes to Delta Gov, Okowa, threatens Jihad over grazing ban,” Ripples Nigeria, June 14, 2021:
In the unsigned letter titled “Fulani Jihadist warning: An open message to Delta State’, and dated June 13, the group said they have earmarked some locations including the fence of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, located along Infant Jesus Road.
Part of the letter reads:
“This is to inform Delta State that the Fulani of Usman Dan Fodio leadership shall do everything it can to uphold the legacy of our heritage of open grazing; for we are nomadic people from origination and shall never negotiate the ownership of Nigeria, West Africa and Sub-Sahara.
“We hereby demand the Governor of Delta State to immediately withdraw his earlier stand on the call to ban open grazing in 17 regions (states) in not less than 72 hours from the above date, and also withdraw his position as the leading voice for the governors.
“Failure to adhere to this demand for being the host of the 17 governors, Delta State, most likely, the city of Asaba and Agbor, shall encounter severe consequences than that of Bornu, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, Enugu, Benue, Oyo and many more that will not respect the Fulani’s heritage.
“We take responsibility for the detonated explosive uncovered in the state capital secretariat, which should serve as a warning to the Delta State Government for what is to come should the governor fail to abide to our demand.
“We highly advise all Fulani and northerners, including the security personnel, to leave Delta State as soon as possible for the wind of our action is now present in the land. Failure of the governor to adhere to our call shall live us with no other choice.”…
#AceNewsReport- Mar.21: And as for the burning attempt, domestic violence in all cultures. So to post this is just “Islamophobic,” right? Wrong: there is domestic violence in all cultures, but only in one does it have divine sanction:
India: ‘These “love jihad” incidents are motivated by supremacist assumptions. The idea is that the Muslim community will always grow at the expense of the non-Muslim community. Meanwhile, the international “human rights community” is indifferent: if no “Islamophobia” is being committed, then they have no interest’
In Uttar Pradesh, yet another case of alleged grooming Jihad has surfaced wherein a Muslim man assumed a fake Hindu identity to entrap and marry a Hindu woman. The case pertains to state capital Lucknow where a man named Afzal allegedly identified himself as Rajiv and married a Hindu woman in the Arya Samaj Temple:
Mar 21, 2021 8:00: AM:
“Uttar Pradesh: Afzal becomes Rajiv to marry Hindu woman, tries to burn her alive with children for refusing to convert,” OpIndia, March 19, 2021:
A few years after the marriage, the accused Afzal started pressuring his wife to give up her religion and embrace Islam. When the woman refused to abandon her religion for Islam, an enraged Afzal reportedly tried to burn her down, along with their children. However, the woman somehow managed to escape the fire and rushed to the nearby police station to file a complaint against the accused. Following her complaint, the police arrested the accused and slapped a case against him under the UP Anti-Conversion law.
As per the victim’s account, she had met Rajiv alias Afzal in 2009. Afzal had then described himself as a Hindu orphan and the duo had gotten married on 13 February 2009 at the Arya Samaj Temple. The couple had two children after their marriage. There was a dispute between the two when Rajiv alias Afzal insisted on keeping non-Hindu names of their children, the victim said. Rajiv’s insistence of keeping non-Hindu names of their children raised suspicions for the woman and she discovered that Rajiv was not a Hindu and that his real name was Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui. She also learnt that Afzal had parents and was not an orphan as he had claimed earlier.
In her complaint, the woman accused Afzal of not only pressuring her to convert her religion but also forced her to have physical relations with other men. When she raised her objections to this, she was subjected to domestic violence, the woman said. The woman also claims that she had filed complaints with the police several times about the violence inflicted on her by Afzal but no action was taken against him. According to the woman, on Wednesday night this week, when she was alone in the house with her children, Afzal bolted the door of the house from the outside and set it on fire….
#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN:Featured Post:Dec.27: This fellow blogger and friend posted this after the carnage of Peshawar and was kind enough to add a link to all my stories, l feel honoured and in tribute this is the post:
There was a point in my life when stress almost killed me, but here I am almost one week after the Peshawar Carnage, still alive but with a dimmed soul that is still grappling to come to terms with all that has passed over us, as a nation.
To say 2014 was a trying year for Pakistan is an understatement, because every year is more or less the same for us. Annually thousands of Pakistanis lose their lives and livelihoods in this game of intra-international state politics and the militant factions. Both are trying to use their triumph cards to gain the control of this totally out of control country, or is it that out of control really?
This resilience is what makes, Pakistan a very unique country with a very conscious nation whose souls maybe broken, but they carry on.
The whole country is buzzing with so much activity and I want to share with readers, some exceprts of these, through cartoons.
These cartoons are sketched by national award winning cartoonists whose work is a daily section of our newspapers, for my readers’ ease I have chosen English language based work.
I: Cartoonist Zahoor’s work, Dawn Newspaper
II: Cartoonist Maxim’s work, The Nation Newspaper
III: Cartoonist Maxim has captured the essence of reality behind Peshawar carnage, The Nation Newsdaily
IV: Cartoonist Khalid Hussain’s work depicts the Pakistani mothers’s plight by linking to Humanity and Future of Pakistan, The DailyTimes Newspaper
V: Cartoonist Khalid Hussain depicts nation’s fury & the military’s will for flushing terrorism from Pakistan, for those who kill innocent citizens are basically enemies of humanity and our homeland, Pakistan. The DailyTimes, Newspaper
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the readers and editors for the wishes, support, reblogs and messages full of love, compassion and solidarity with The Human Lens, myself and my country. These are helped me immensely beyond words can express, truly.
Yes, my soul maybe battered and bruised, but am not yet beaten yet.
#AceNewsServices – Nov.19 – By now it is well known that Islamic State (IS) produces propaganda videos of exceptional quality. They are slick, smart and incredibly powerful. It is no exaggeration to say they are the best-produced videos to have ever emerged from the global jihad movement.
This is quite something, given that jihadist groups have always been at the forefront of harnessing new technology for their own ends.
Even with this in mind, the release of another IS video on Sunday was remarkable for a number of reasons. The group’s nihilism and gross barbarism is packaged with the kind of artistic care that might be more expected in a Tarantino thriller.
After a long introduction outlining the IS version of history, the group is shown marching 20 men to their deaths.
Menacing sounds – the clanging of swords and the heavy, desperate breathing of men who know what comes next. Slow motion shots capture the stony fear etched on the victims’ faces.
Halfway through the slaughter the ringleader – a British man dubbed “Jihadi John” – stops and looks directly into the camera. It is breathtakingly callous.
The small Syrian town of Dabiq, which featured in the latest beheading video from the Islamic State group (IS), has figured heavily in the group’s propaganda since July when it named its new English-language magazine after the town.
The group has focused on the dusty backwater not because of any strategic importance or the size of its population – the Syrian census of 2004 recorded that little over 3,000 people were living there – but for the power of its symbolism.
Dabiq, which lies around 10km (six miles) from the Turkish border, features in Islamic apocalyptic prophecies as the site of an end-of-times showdown between Muslims and their enemies.
The Prophet Muhammad is believed to have said that “the last hour will not come” until Muslims vanquish the Romans at “Dabiq or Al-A’maq” – both in the Syria-Turkey border region – on their way to conquer Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).
IS has been seeking to bring on that battle by goading the international coalition to confront it there.
‘This British militant is believed to have been involved in the beheading of five Western hostages since August ‘
The masked British militant who is believed to have been involved in the killing of five Western hostages since August appeared in the latest IS video with Dabiq in the background and the severed head of murdered US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig at his feet.
“Here we are, burying the first American Crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” he said.
IS has repeatedly dared the West to send ground troops to Syria. By staging the latest beheading video in Dabiq, the group appear’s eager to be given an opportunity to fulfil the prophecy and bolster its legitimacy to a wider audience.
It appears that the militants were filmed on a hill on the northern edge of Dabiq, close to the location of another IS propaganda video released in October which featured three European jihadists all playing up the significance of the town.
‘The British man in this video has threatened to behead coalition forces ‘
One of them, a British IS member of Eritrean origin called Abu-Abdallah, addressed the camera with the black IS flag fluttering in the background saying “We are waiting for you in Dabiq” and threatening to behead coalition forces there.
Source: BBC World News – Contributions By Shiraz MaherInternational Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s College London – Analysis By BBC Monitoring
A MAJOR issue being debated in Britain today concerns the Muslims – men and women. It is what is termed the radicalisation of their youth.
The Young Muslims UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Concerns were sparked off by the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) when its militants beheaded James Foley, an American journalist covering the war in Syria, and circulated a video of the bestial act. Even before this incident grabbed the headlines, media reports had been suggesting that authorities in London believed that as many as 500 Muslim men with British nationality had left the UK to join the IS ‘jihad’.
The last straw came when Foley’s killer was identified from his speech and accent as British. Writing for The Sunday Times, the foreign secretary summed up the widely felt sentiments: “It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”
Since then the police have been empowered to seize the passports of people if need be. The move has come too late in the day and two more hostages have been murdered since and one more is under threat.
Many young Muslims draw inspiration from websites with extremist content.
One had hardly got over the shock when came another bombshell. A couple having Pakistani roots made public their dismay at their daughter’s decision to leave home to join IS jihadis. In a statement released to the Glasgow press, they described her as a “bedroom radical” and termed her action as a betrayal of her family, her community and the people of Scotland. It would be upsetting for them as many migrate from Pakistan to give their children a better future, so bleak has life become for the youth in our own country.
Against the backdrop of these horrifying events is the fact that a number of young Muslims are drawing inspiration from websites notorious for their extremist content. At the same time, there have been reports in Britain as also other Western countries of an increase in racism and hate crimes against Muslims in the wake of 9/11. Publications such as Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women by the University of Birmingham are cited in support of the claim that Muslims are being victimised for their beliefs.
What can one say about this perversity that is creeping into a section of the Muslim youth? It can under no condition be condoned even if this is viewed as a reaction to the perceived injustice to Muslims. Two wrongs do not make a right.
No Pakistani I met in Scotland justifies it. How the immigrants explain this extremism would depend on who you are talking to. Many who complain of personal experiences of racial discrimination might be immigrants who remain on the fringe of local society. Living in ghettoised conditions, many Pakistani women do not even want to socialise with people not from their own community. They shop for groceries at South Asian stores and thus manage to avoid interaction on a regular basis with the majority.
There are others — mainly employed professionals — who interact with the indigenous population who may have a different story to tell.
The problem is that the absence of awareness and knowledge of ‘the other’ leads to fear, alienation and prejudice. When people from different communities living together are inclusive in their approach and accept one another’s way of life, chances are there will be more harmony among them.
Much of the alienation in children comes from the identity crisis that is created. In order to preserve their identity as ‘good Muslims’ (even of the moderate kind) children are often indoctrinated in such a way that the message is that theirs is a superior faith. By implication other religions are berated. Many of these children whose parents are migrants fail to adjust in the society they grow up in because of the dichotomy between their home environment and outside surroundings. This makes them vulnerable to the influence of extremists scouting for recruits.
But the fact is that most Muslim youth do not end up as jihadis. The problem needs to be contextualised and rational analysis can help identify the factors that make some more vulnerable than others.
The key to promoting interfaith, inter-cultural harmony is how ‘the other’ is projected and interpreted, especially to young children. A social worker giving the leftist perspective pointed out that integration of communities is a mutual process that is hindered by the universal rise of racism in the West that puts immigrants on the defensive. The media is not helpful either given its penchant for sensationalism.
The real problem, she feels, is the crisis the youth face worldwide due to the vacuum created by societies. The vulnerable ones turn to violence. For Muslims it is ‘jihad’. Global conflict spurs them on.
#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines witnesses heavy clashes that have broken out between Philippine troops and Muslim militants trying to regain control of a captured camp in southern Sulu province, leaving 14 Abu Sayyaf rebels and one marine dead, officials said Wednesday.
Military spokesman Lt. Col Ramon Zagala said fighting that began late Tuesday continued until early morning Wednesday, with the militants attempting to regain control of an Abu Sayyaf training and storage camp and in Patikul township that was captured by government troops.
Marine spokesman Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, citing intelligence reports, said the clashes left 14 rebels dead, while one marine was killed and 19 were wounded.
Zagala says troops are securing the rebel camp they captured Monday.
Militants from the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron are expected to launch more attacks and the military will continue to use mortars, howitzers and attack helicopters to protect it troops there, he said.
The Abu Sayyaf had links to international militant networks, including Al-Qaeda, but a U.S.-backed Philippine military crackdown has weakened it considerably in recent years.
The group, which is on the U.S. list of terror groups, has about 300 fighters and is now much more focused on ransom kidnappings than global jihad.
#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – (SANA): United Jihad Council Chairman and Hizbual Mujahideen Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin has vowed to continue struggle on all fronts till the achievement of freedom from Indian illegal occupation.
He said that in the resolution of Kashmir dispute Indian ego, stubbornness, unrealistic approach, military power are main hurdles in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Ha said that India shows zero change in its s 60 year old stance over the Kashmir issue.
He added that Parvez Musharaf changed the 60 years old stance of Pakistan over the issues and introduced a new formula. He said that what is the logic behind the regular change in policy from Pakistani side while the India has shown no change in its polices.