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U.S. puts Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Sawadjaan on global terror list

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Along with Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan – who is said to be the leader of the Islamic State in the Philippines – a female named Almaida Marani Salvin is also included on the United States' blacklist

ON GUARD. Philippine Army soldiers survived a terror attack in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, September 8, because of tactics drawn from past deadly bombings. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

CAFGU member killed, 4 wounded in Basilan Abu Sayyaf attack

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Authorities say CAFGU Active Auxillaries member Norman Aramal was on his post rendering duty when he was attacked by an Abu Sayyaf Group led by Pasil Bayali

VICTIMS. A vicitm of the Abu Sayyaf attack in Basilan on July 14, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf's Dutch hostage killed in firefight in Sulu

May 31, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Western Mindanao Command says the Abu Sayyaf killed Dutch birdwatcher Ewold Horn as he tried to escape during a firefight with government troops

This undated handout photo released by Tawi-Tawi police on February 3, 2012 shows bird watcher Dutchman Ewold Horn posing for photo in Tawi-Tawi prior to their abduction. Philippine authorities said February 2, 2012 they had failed to find two European birdwatchers in the crucial 24 hours after their abduction and warned Islamic militants may be holding them. AFP PHOTO/TAWI-TAWI POLICE ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Tawi-Tawi Police --- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS STR / TAWI-TAWI POLICE / AFP

Suspected jihadists back in dock over murder of 2 Scandinavian women

May 16, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The main suspects are all from the Marrakech region near the site of the killings, which shocked the North African country

TRIAL. A picture taken on May 2, 2019 shows suspects, in the murder of two Scandinavian hikers, arriving for their trial at a Moroccan court in Sale near the capital Rabat. Photo by AFP

U.S. says 13 suspected ISIS members killed in Somalia airstrike

May 10, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The strike is carried out in the Golis Mountains in northern Somalia, where 3 ISIS militants were killed in April

7 killed in clash between gov’t troops, Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The military says 3 soldiers and 4 Abu Sayyaf members were killed during an 'intense' half-hour firefight in Patikul, Sulu

Malacañang rejects Abu Sayyaf's ransom demand for foreign hostages

Feb 22, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'We stand firm on our no ransom policy,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, reacting to the Abu Sayyaf Group's threat to behead two Indonesians and one Malaysian if ransom is not paid

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

ISIS defends final pocket of dying 'caliphate' in Syria

Feb 18, 2019 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) Diehard ISIS members are trapped in their last patch of territory of less than half a square kilometer in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border

DEFEATING ISIS. Delegates listen as US President Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US Department of State February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

1 soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Sulu clash vs Abu Sayyaf

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The offensive is part of the military's intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group after the deadly Jolo Cathedral bombing

Canadian jihadist says ISIS foreign fighters 'hung out to dry'

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Mohammad Ali begins doubting his decision to join ISIS in late 2016, as the jihadists start losing territory and turning against foreigners

'HUNG OUT TO DRY.' Mohammad Ali, a 28-year-old Canadian jihadist captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks to AFP at a detention center in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on February 10, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Jolo bombing 'mastermind' Sawadjaan is new ISIS head in PH – Año

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:44 PM

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says Hatib Hajan Saawadjaan replaced Abu Dar after the latter lost most of his forces in Marawi

NEW THREAT. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año at the senate inquiry on the lowering of age of criminal responsibility, January 25, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jolo bombing: Grade 11 student wrongly tagged as Abu Sayyaf leader's brother

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) He is only 18 years old

WRONG TAG? The military announces that the heavily scrutinized man wearing a bun and a blue-green jacket is actually a grade 11 student. Westmincom video screenshot

U.S. envoy confirms 'draft framework' with Taliban – New York Times

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:46 AM

The comments by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to the New York Times are the clearest signal yet from a US official that talks between Washington and the militants are progressing

ZALMAY KHALILZAD. Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

HOAX: ISIS ‘spreading AIDS’ through vaccinations at health centers

Dec 21, 2018 - 3:19 PM

The Department of Health says ‘this kind of rumor does nothing but erode public trust in vaccines’

2 Maute Group ‘gunrunners’ arrested along NLEX

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Cops seize two assault rifles, a handgun, and 12,893 rounds of live ammunition for M-60 light machine guns

MAUTE SUPPLIERS? Valenzuela City cops arrest two alleged gunrunners for the Maute Group along the Northern Luzon Expressway. NCRPO photo

HOAX: Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron 'already surrendered'

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Joint Task Force Sulu, through its official Facebook page, says Radullan Sahiron remains at large

Cops kill 2 ISIS-linked men in Davao del Sur

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Senior Superintendent Ferlu Silvio says both suspects, siblings Norhan and Norton Sinapan, refused to cooperate and fired at the operating troops.

Were 7 killed in Sulu encounter Abu Sayyaf or not?

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Soldiers say it was an encounter, while a Moro rights group says it was a summary execution

25 suspects face criminal charges for Sultan Kudarat bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Suspects are said to be members of a breakaway faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

BLAST. A police investigator (L) gathers evidence at the site of a bomb blast in Isulan town on the southern island of Mindanao on August 29, 2018. File photo by AFP

2 deadly bombings in a month demonstrate ISIS tactics

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says ISIS is the biggest security threat in the Philippines

ISULAN BLAST. Scene at the blast site on August 29, 2018. Photo by AFP

Basilan car blast: Furuji Indama unleashes terror even in hiding

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:36 AM

Does the blast indicate the Abu Sayyaf has now trained local suicide bombers in Basilan?

Screenshots from video of Richard Falcatan

Wife of new ISIS Southeast Asia 'emir' nabbed in General Santos

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Nafisa Pundog, identified by authorities as the wife of Abu Dar, has a standing warrant of arrest for allegedly possessing a blasting cap/incendiary device

NABBED. Nafisa Pundog is arrested in what is believed to be her safehouse in General Santos City. Military photo

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PNP nabs alleged Maute Group sniper ahead of Marawi siege anniversary

May 08, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) Unday Macadato is arrested in Quezon City after Cubao locals reported him to the police

NABBED. Alleged Maute Group sniper Unday Macadato is presented in Camp Crame. PNP Photo

U.S. tags 'ISIS-Philippines' as foreign terrorist group

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) The US State Department cites videos showing the late Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon and the leaders of the Maute Group pledging allegiance to ISIS

This file photo shows Filipino extremists who are allegedly linked to ISIS. File/Rappler

Davao City does anti-terror drills for possible Maute attacks

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:18 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the terrorist Maute group wants to retaliate for the setback it got in Marawi City, that's why it is targeting other cities in Mindanao

SIMULATED HOSTAGE-TAKING. The Philippine National Police launches Southern Storm, a series of an anti-terror drills, in Davao City on February 28, 2018. The drills, which will be done in other Mindanao cities, aims to strengthen inter-agency cooperation. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Maute doctor, 53 others charged for kidnapping, beheading sawmill workers

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Dr Russel Langi Salic, along with his co-accused, are charged with kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and murder before the court in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

EXTRADITION. Filipino doctor Russell Salic (in orange) is escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents following a court hearing in Manila on November 7, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte on PNP, SC affirms martial law, Marquez on Sereno | Evening wRap

Dec 05, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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Duterte signs proclamation labeling CPP-NPA as terrorist group

Dec 05, 2017 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says this is due to the 'continued violent acts of the CPP-NPA which sow and create a condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace'

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A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Marawi soldiers fight the biggest battle of their lives

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Here are some of the images captured by Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa's since the beginning of the war in the southern Philippines

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The Maute Group and rise of family terrorism

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:03 PM

ISIS encourages terrorism in families experiencing frustrations marginalization and deprivation

Boy, 14, killed as sniper bullet pierces through Marawi mosque

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The mosque is near the headquarters of the 103rd Brigade the camp that President Rodrigo Duterte was supposed to visit on Thursday

INDISCRIMINATE FIRING. Enemy snipers harassing the 103rd Brigade headquarters in Marawi City hit a boy praying in a nearby mosque. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Marawi crisis: 'It's my first Ramadan far away from family'

May 27, 2017 - 8:29 PM

A student at the MSU main campus in Marawi Mohammad Hayef Mokhtar jumped into a dump truck bound for its satellite campus in Iligan City to escape government clashes with local terrorist groups

AWAY ON RAMADAN. The clashes in Marawi have torn apart families on Ramadan. Rappler photo

Senate bill seeks 20 to 40 years jail time for joining terror groups

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:12 PM

This bill seeks to penalize any person who becomes a member or manifests his her intention to become a member of any terrorist organization says Senator Gregorio Honasan II

Duterte apologizes for death of German hostage: 'We failed'

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

We really tried our best says President Rodrigo Duterte following the execution of German hostage Juergen Kantner after the ransom demand of the Abu Sayyaf Group was not met

'WE HAVE FAILED.' President Duterte apologizes for the beheading of German Juergen Kantner by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Dela Rosa: Heightened alert in malls

Nov 28, 2016 - 2:05 PM

After a bomb is discovered outside the US embassy in Manila Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says they may revive checkpoints

Duterte: I'm ready to talk to Abu Sayyaf

Nov 25, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Previously Duterte said he refuses to talk peace with the Abu Sayyaf as it would be like slapping the nation

CONFLICTS IN MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he's willing to talk to Abu Sayyaf. File photo by RICHARD MADELO/Presidential Photo

What it's like living in fear of the Abu Sayyaf

Sep 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The life and prosperity of residents in places like Basilan are at stake in the Duterte administration s efforts to destroy the Abu Sayyaf

WELCOME TO BASILAN. This view greets Basilan visitors who arrive in Isabela by boat. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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Aug 25, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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Duterte vows to 'destroy' Abu Sayyaf after new beheading

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:16 AM

After hearing reports of the beheading of a teenage Abu Sayyaf hostage Duterte vows to be harsh against the terrorist group

'DESTROY THEM.' President Rodrigo Duterte interacts with soldiers belonged to Joint Task Force Sulu during his visit to Sulu, stomping ground of the Abu Sayyaf on August 12. Photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

Duterte: ISIS followers radicalizing Filipinos in Mindanao

Aug 10, 2016 - 5:54 PM

The President says white people with no weapons are already in some parts of Mindanao indoctrinating Muslims in the region about ISIS principles

'BE PREPARED.' President Duterte inspects firearms at Camp Edilberto Evangelista in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City on August 9. Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PPD

Iran says Gulf Arab moves against Hezbollah harm Lebanon

Mar 03, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Those who call Hezbollah terrorists have intentionally or unintentionally harmed the unity and security of Lebanon

epa05191041 Members of Hezbollah hold their party flags as they pay tribute next to the coffin of Hezbollah military commander Ali Fayyad, who was reportedly killed fighting alongside Syrian Government forces in Aleppo, during the funeral procession, in Ansar village, southern Lebanon, 02 March 2016. EPA/STR

Gulf states declare Lebanon's Hezbollah 'terrorist' group

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:33 PM

They cite terrorist acts and incitement in Syria Yemen and Iraq as basis for the declaration

epa05190286 (FILE) A file photo dated 14 August 2015 shows Hezbollah militia members posing with Hezbollah flags as they listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen during the 'Victory Festival' to mark the 9th anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War between Hezbollah and Israel in Wadi Al Hujeir area, southern Lebanon. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on 02 March 2016 it had designated the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement a terrorist group. The move comes a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of fomenting sectarian sedition in the Middle East. EPA/STR

Bacolod church holds mass for victims of Paris attacks

Nov 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED San Sebastian Cathedral rector Felix Pasquin says the Paris attacks should strengthen us in our faith in the Lord Jesus as the conquerer of evil

AFTERMATH. People walk by a graffiti reading "Paris doesn't yield to fear" following a minute of silence, on November 16, 2015 at Republique subway station in Paris. Photo by Loic Venance / AFP

PH Moro rebel group condemns Paris attacks

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:37 PM

‘We take this opportunity also to condemn in the same strong terms the violence against civilians in Palestine in Myanmar and elsewhere in the world the MILF says

AFTERMATH. A rose is pictured in a bullet hole in a window, rue de Charonne, in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late on November 13. Photo by Joel Saget / AFP

Philippine policeman arrested over Australian's kidnapping

May 18, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Jun Malban allegedly the negotiator of Abu Sayyaf Group in the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell in 2011 was deported from Malaysia to the Philippines on May 15

UAE casts global net with anti-Islamist 'terror list'

Nov 25, 2014 - 4:32 PM

Frederic Wehrey: The UAE is trying to include non violent Brotherhood affiliated groups in the same ideological constellation as real terrorist groups like Nigeria s Boko Haram and Al Qaeda

US slaps sanctions on 12 'terrorist' group supporters

Sep 26, 2014 - 9:28 AM

The sanctions would see any US assets belonging to those affected frozen while any transactions with US persons would be prohibited

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Cia Pak/UN Photo