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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

Suspected Al Qaeda member arrested in Zambales

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:32 PM

A police report links the Kenyan national to the Al Shabaab terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda, and which operates mainly in East Africa

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Kenyan national Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested on July 1, 2019 in Iba, Zambales, for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo from PNP-CIDG

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

Palestinian attack kills Israeli soldier in West Bank – army

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, welcomes the attack, but is not claiming responsibility for it

ATTACK. Israeli police inspect a car at the site of an attack at the Ariel junction leading to the Israeli settlement of Ariel, in the occupied West Bank on March 17, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

'Tinnie terrorists' jailed in Australia for Philippines boat plot

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Despite having almost zero sailing experience, the "Tinnie Terrorists," as the Australian media have dubbed them, were planning to reach the southern Philippines and join up with Muslim separatists

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)

UK police probe Manchester knifings as 'terrorist' attack

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The suspect reportedly shouts 'Allah' during what Hopkins called a 'horrific attack' on 3 people, including a police officer, at Manchester Victoria station

STABBING. Police officers stand near a cordon at Manchester Victoria Station, in Manchester on January 1, 2019, following a stabbing on December 31, 2018. Photo by Paul Ellis/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

U.S. embassy in DR Congo warns of 'possible terrorist threat'

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:33 PM

American authorities urge its citizens to 'keep a low profile' as crucial election in the crisis-gripped central African nation approaches

Maute recruiter sentenced to 40 years in prison

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Nur Supian is found guilty of terrorism, but 3 others arrested during a gunfight with military are acquitted

MARAWI. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Philippines deports alleged ISIS commander

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Egyptian Fehmi Lassoued is also placed on the Bureau of Immigration's blacklist to prevent him from reentering the Philippines

Photo by PNP/PIO

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.

'Major terrorist attack' foiled in Netherlands, 7 arrested

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

'Police arrested 7 men on Thursday... suspected of being at a very advanced stage of preparation for a major terrorist attack in the Netherlands,' says the public prosecutor's office

FOILED. Police officers conduct an investigation at the residence of an alleged jihadist in Rotterdam on September 27, 2018. Photo by Robin Utrecht/AFP

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

3 'terrorists' killed, 5 detained in Jordan raid

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Three members of the security forces are also killed in a shootout with gunmen holed up in a building in Salt town

Locator map of Jordan

DOJ didn’t verify before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says: 'The DOJ itself did not have any personal verification of any connection by these individuals with the CPP or the NPA'

JUSTICE SECRETARY. The DOJ didn'€™t verify names before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people, says DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

Threat 'acute' as jihadist attacks double in 2017 – Europol

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:37 PM

In its annual report, Europol, says last year, a total 33 terror attacks were reported on the continent and Britain – 10 of which were successful, killing 62 people, while the rest were foiled or failed

EUROPOL. File photo shows an Italian Guardia di Finanza officer (center) walks with a Guardia Civil officer (left) beside a Europol member as they take part in a search at a Restaurant in Barcelona during an international police operation against Italian Mafia. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

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Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.

Gunman with Islamist links kills 3 in Belgium terror attack

May 29, 2018 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) Federal prosecutors say they have launched a terror investigation into the incident in Liege, Belgium

TERROR ATTACK. Police and forensic police officers work on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium, after a gunman on May 29, 2018 shot dead two female police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander in a brazen suspected terror attack in Belgium, briefly taking a hostage at a school before being killed by police.  Photo by Eric Lalmand/Belga/AFP

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

[OPINION] Does Duterte intend to clean up Boracay with bullets and bombs?

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:13 PM

What the island needs instead are environmental specialists who could actually study the concrete ecological situation and properly implement the rehabilitation of the island

PROBE. The PNP investigates if its own men –  who were assigned to protect Diana Yu Uy –  were involved in illegal drugs as well. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NAPC's Liza Maza to DOJ: CPP-NPA not terrorists

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:03 PM

NAPC's Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw the petition tagging CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization, which formally ended Duterte's romance with the Left

WITHDRAW. NAPC Lead Convenor Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw their petition tagging CPP-NPA as terrorists. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Malacañang on Corpuz' terrorist tag: UN must carefully select rapporteurs

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz can always challenge it in court

IP RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS. UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz advocates for the upholding of human rights of indigenous peoples (IPs). Photo by Vee Salazar

PH seeks terrorist tag for Joma Sison, 648 others

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The list also includes alleged Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, and hundreds of John Does

President Rodrigo Duterte pose for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panels following their meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. REY BANIQUET/PPD

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

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Jan 24, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Fighting erupts between troops, Maute group in Lanao del Sur

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The military says this is the first encounter of government troops with the Maute Group remnants since Marawi City was liberated from terrorist influence on October 17, 2017

Duterte to Joma: Come home and we'll talk

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:40 AM

'Gusto ko si Sison pumunta dito. Kaming dalawa mag-usap. Kaming dalawa lang dito sa kuwarto,' Duterte says in an interview with MindaNews

CPP FOUNDER. Jose Maria Sison says any 'respectable person' can find out that he remains a Filipino citizen. Screenshot of CPP founder Joma Sison's Vimeo video

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Jan 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM

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Presence of foreign terrorists remains a challenge in PH

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:19 AM

At least one faction of the Maguindanao-based Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is coddling foreign terrorists

BLACK FLAGS. A number of local armed groups in the Philippines have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State

Turkey dismisses over 2,700 in post-coup purges

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 2,756 people were removed from different bodies including the interior, foreign and defense ministries