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Australia's navy told to be more visible near resource projects

US Not Seeking Military Bases in Southeast Asia

The Philippines and the US discussed expanding the American military presence in the country. In preliminary talks, officials on both sides said they are favorably inclined toward a deal.

Muslim rebels say early pact with Manila unlikely

Security forces are searching for six to nine members of the Abu Sayyaf group and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Manila and Rizal province after a presidential decree warned of impending attacks during the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila. Suspected members of Abu Sayyaf blew up a bridge in the southern province of Sulu earlier this week.

Philippine leader warns of possible terror attack

Kidnappings Point to Security Breakdown in Southern Philippines

A Philippine military commander says at least five foreign al-Qaida-linked extremists are hiding on the remote southern island of Jolo. Among the five suspects is Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan; the US has issued a $5 million bounty for information leading to his capture or death.

Security forces arrested an Abu Sayyaf fighter thought to be involved in the beheading of 11 members of the Philippine Marines and the kidnapping of American tourists. The suspect, Boy Abdulphata, who is known as Boy Phata, was nabbed by a joint military and police operation in Kumaralang village, Isabela City in the province of Basilan.

Abu Sayyaf kidnappers demanded a ransom of A$22,600 for the release of Warren Rodwell, an Australian. The military and police searched for more bombs in Mindanao after two explosions injured five people last week in a terrorist campaign by an explosives expert with links to al Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah, and Abu Sayyaf.

A roadside bomb killed a civilian and wounded seven soldiers in Mindanao's Surigao del Sur province. Three people were injured following a grenade attack near a security outpost in Cotabato City.

Dead or alive in Mindanao

Jurail Bagsik, a suspected follower of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Khaddafy Janjalani, was arrested in the southern province of Basilan. Indonesia's foreign minister, in Manila for an official visit, has expressed concern over the continuing smuggling of firearms between Indonesia and the Philippines.

US teenager escapes Islamist captors and wanders barefoot through jungle for two days

Philippines: Changing face of terror

A 14-year-old American boy who had been held hostage was released by his captors on Basilan island; he was kidnapped along with his mother and cousin five months ago. Abu Sayyaf is suspected in the kidnappings. Earlier this week, a 53-year-old Australian man was kidnapped from his home near Basilan.

Police and intelligence officers captured Hussein Ahaddin, an al Qaeda-linked bomber, suspected in at least six attacks, including a 2002 karaoke bar explosion that killed an American Green Beret and a hotel blast this week that killed three people. Police officials said Ahaddin was captured in a remote Zamboanga village called Muti after an antiterror group tracked him down and seized him late Tuesday.

The al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group is responsible for yesterday's bombing that killed three people and injured 27 others. The bombing took place during a wedding at a hotel in Zamboanga City.

Philippines, Muslim Rebels to Continue Peace Talks

The military has launched an offensive against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the south, threatening peace talks. MILF fighters killed four soldiers and three policemen in an ambush in Zamboanga Sibugay province.