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Philippines: Keep Group Off Terror List

The Philippines has asked Washington not to include a Muslim separatist group, which has been linked to Jemaah Islamiyah and other radical groups, on a U.S. terrorism blacklist, saying the move could derail peace talks, an official said Wednesday. There has been speculation that Washington has been considering whether to add the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to its list of terrorist organizations due to widespread reports, mostly from Philippine police and military officials, about the rebel group’s alleged terrorism links. Asked at a news conference about such prospects, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the government has asked Washington to hold off on any listing to foster Malaysian-brokered talks between Manila and the MILF that are scheduled to resume in Kuala Lumpur next month. Full Story

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