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Filipino deadline: Defeat Abu Sayyaf within 90 days

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday gave the military 90 days to defeat the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, and the head of the armed forces warned that commanders who fail will be replaced. Arroyo said the order was not connected to the planned deployment of U.S. troops, who will help Filipino soldiers fight the Abu Sayyaf on the southern island of Jolo. Arroyo said deadlines had worked when the military went after the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on the island of Mindanao. Government troops took control of Buliok, a rebel stronghold on the island, earlier this month. “I have … given the military a deadline for the Abu Sayyaf – 90 days,” Arroyo told reporters while visiting a military camp outside Manila. “They follow deadlines very well. I told them to capture Buliok in three days and they did. So I suppose if they do the proper allocation of resources they will be able to finish the threat of the Abu Sayyaf.” Full Story

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