Terrorism in Southeast Asia: The Philippines

Philippine Army troops man a roadblock outside Zamboanga. i i

Philippine Army troops man a roadblock outside Zamboanga, on the southern island of Mindanao, checking vehicles for guns and explosives. Michael Sullivan, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Michael Sullivan, NPR
Philippine Army troops man a roadblock outside Zamboanga.

Philippine Army troops man a roadblock outside Zamboanga, on the southern island of Mindanao, checking vehicles for guns and explosives.

Michael Sullivan, NPR

Analysts say renegade elements of the al Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah who have fled a crackdown in Indonesia are turning up in the Muslim region of the southern Philippines. They appear to be forming new alliances with homegrown groups — which could lead to larger, more lethal terrorist attacks.

The Philippines is no stranger to international terrorism. Osama Bin Laden's brother-in-law, Mohammad Jamal Khalifa began developing a network there in the early 1990s, which included the Abu Sayyaf group. Other groups — some bent on achieving independence for Muslim-dominated areas in the south — have also been active.

Michael Sullivan has the second of a series of reports on efforts to combat terrorism in Southeast Asia.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.