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Manila says on verge of wiping out Abu Sayyaf

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said on Tuesday that troops were on the verge of wiping out the country’s most violent Muslim rebel group as one soldier was killed and 24 wounded in fresh clashes. More than 6,000 soldiers, backed by U.S. intelligence and equipment, are fighting on the island of Jolo in the south to flush out about 200 Abu Sayyaf militants holed up in the interior. The Abu Sayyaf, linked to the regional militant network Jemaah Islamiah, has been blamed for the worst militant attack in the Philippines, a 2004 bombing of a ferry near Manila that killed over 100 people. Full Story

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