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