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Insurgency boils up in Thailand

Asaha Dajing, 19, appeared to be thriving at an Islamic college in Yala, 20 miles north of this remote village. He had just won a $125 creative writing scholarship, big money in these parts. His family was proud. But Asaha had friends his parents didn’t know about: Islamic radicals who were recruiting impressionable young men for a mysterious holy war here in the jungles of southern Thailand. Asaha’s secret life was exposed only by his death. He was killed by police along with 13 other militants April 28 when they staged a suicidal assault on a government office near this village. Most were armed only with machetes. Full Story

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