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Al-Qaeda-linked group exporting terror from southern Philippines: US

The United States said it remained deeply concerned about terrorist training camps in the southern Philippines run by militants with links to the Al-Qaeda network. US ambassador Francis Ricciardone said the camps on Mindanao island were run by Jemaah Islamiyah, the group blamed for the 2002 bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali and other attacks across Southeast Asia. “With respect to the Philippines we remain very concerned at the presence of training camps of the Jemaah Islamiyah,” he told the Foreign Correspondents Association in Manila. He said group’s activities on Mindanao, where Muslim rebels have been fighting an anti-government insurgency for decades, posed a threat not only to the Philippines but to the wider region.Full Story

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