Monday, August 20, 2007

Philippines clashes with al-Qaeda linked rebels

Courtesy of Breitbart.com

Philippines clashes kill 13 soldiers, dozens of extremists

Thirteen troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, the military said.  The Philippines military has been battling Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF) in areas of the south since the extremists broke a ceasefire they negotiated with Manila three years ago.  The extremists claim that the soldiers "intruded into MILF territory."   In July, 14 Marines were killed in an ambush. Ten of the Marines were beheaded.

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