Author Archives: B A Patty

Philippines

Troops killed five Abu Sayyaf fighters in Basilan, including commander Abdul Karim Jamjali. The US government announced it was conditioning some aid on solving unsolved political killings. A bank director from Jeddah vanished in Sulu.


Philippines

A Philippine Special Forces Company killed an Abu Sayyaf operative in Basilan. Investigators of the Manila mall blast requested a week to finish their work, while negligence remained high on the list of suspected causes. Efforts to reform madrassas in the Philippines continue. USAID is providing computer courses in Mindanao.


Philippines

The government launched a new “humanitarian offensive” in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The United States vowed to increase its contribution to such programs as part of a $60 million budget for aid to the Philippines. The amount was $14 million higher than that requested by the US State Department. Meanwhile, a new book […]