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What is Duterte's Strategy Toward the Abu Sayyaf? - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Having already launched a grim, brutal war on drugs that has reportedly led to thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of arrests, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is now turning his eye to southern Philippines, where a collection of ...and more »

Freed hostage back in Norway after 'year in terror' - The Local.no

news@thelocal.no · @thelocalnorway. 23 September 2016. 12:00 CEST+02:00. Kjartan Sekkingstad returned to Norway on Friday after a year of captivity in the Philippines. The 57-year-old former hostage spoke about his year of hunger, misinformation from ...and more »

Indonesian freed by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu - Inquirer.net

ZAMBOANGA CITY – An Indonesian national was freed by his Abu Sayyaf abductors in Sulu on Thursday morning, the military said. Major Filemon Tan Jr., spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, said Indonesian Herman Bin Manggak was freed ...and more »

Sister of Robert Hall, killed Canadian hostage, says government did little to save him - CBC.ca

A year after a group of hostages was kidnapped in the Philippines, the family of Robert Hall, one of the two Canadians later executed, is questioning whether the Canadian government did everything it could to save him. The group was taken from a luxury ...and more »

'It was a year of terror': Norwegian man held captive in a jungle by Filipino Islamic extremists is freed after ... - Daily Mail

A Norwegian man who was held captive in a jungle by Islamic extremists in the Philippines has returned home after surviving a 'year of terror'. Kjartan Sekkingstad arrived in Oslo on Friday, six days after being released by Abu Sayyaf extremists who ...and more »

Philippine govt says hostage appeal an Abu Sayyaf tactic - Free Malaysia Today

Telephone calls, photographs showing plight of Malaysian hostages meant to pressure families, employers for ransom, embassy says. Mohd-Ridzuan-Ismail PETALING JAYA: The telephone calls made to The Star and release of photographs showing ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf militants release Indonesian sailor kidnapped in Sulu sea - International Business Times, Singapore Edition

The Abu Sayyaf militants released an Indonesian sailor on Thursday who was held for 50 days on the Philippine island of Jolo, the military said. The Filipino military said in a statement that the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf turned over the sailor ...and more »

Filipino soldiers in the mind of a young civilian - Inquirer.net

Let's pray for our soldiers in Mindanao who are in the frontline fighting the Abu Sayyaf. We might not be able to help them during actual combat operations, but we can help them by boosting their morale. Military troops all over the country, especially ...and more »

Four more Abu Sayyaf hostages in process of returning home: Wiranto - Jakarta Post

The government is processing the return of four Indonesian hostages who have been freed by the notorious Abu Sayyaf militant group, following the release of one more captive a few days after the release of three other sailors, a senior minister has said.and more »

Malaysian hostage says tortured, starved by Filipino captors - TODAYonline

KUALA LUMPUR — Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines are beating and threatening to kill Malaysian hostages they are holding, alleged one such abductee who was allowed to speak to the media. According to a report by The Star newspaper on ...and more »