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Yasser Igasan isbelieved to be the new head of the Abu Sayyaf Group. Igasan has had "terror training abroad and... connections with possible foreign financiers." Four Abu Sayyaf were killed in fighting as the US and Philippine troops wrap up exercises.
Eight Abu Sayyaf were killed during fighting on Jolo Island over the weekend. Philippine forces claim Abu Sayyaf leader Albader Parad was killed in Sulu. Security is being increased at US military bases after the weekend fighting.
Six Islamists were killed and 13 Marines wounded in a battle on Jolo Island. One report claims the six killed were members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), while another claims they were Abu Sayyaf. MLNF has sheltered Abu Sayyaf fighters and allowed them to establish training camps.
The Philippine Congress passed the anti-terror bill, which now must be signed by President Arroyo. Two Abu Sayyaf terrorists and one Ranger were killed in fighting in Jolo. Some rank-and-file members of Abu Sayyaf are beginning to defect due to difficult conditions or "because it was doing un-Islamic things."
The US is asking MILF to help in the hunt for Abu Sayyaf. The Philippine military and US are set to begin a two week long military exercise in Mindanao, the scene of recent bombings by Abu Sayyaf.
The Philippine Navy is blockading Sulu with 10 warships in support of ground operations and in an effort to prevent the remaining Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya fighters from escaping via sea. The government is seeking more aid from Australia for anti-terrorism operations.
MNLF is holding a Marine general and his aides hostage in a camp on Jolo island. MArines are returning to Basilan to hunt Abu Sayyaf.
The US has offerred a $50,000 bounty for Abdul Basit Usman, a former (MILF) fighter with ties to Jemaah Islamiah and Abu Sayyaf, who is behind the spate of bombings in Mindanao since October 2006. Locals believe the security in Jolo has improved since operations resulted in the death of Abu Sayyaf and JI leaders.