Saturday, September 3, 2016

Explosion that killed 14 in the Philippines Abu Sayyaf Islamist Terrorists

CNN: Terrorist Attack Likely Philippine Islamist Group Abu Sayyaf

As Austin Bay notes, Abu Sayyaf funds its activities with organized crime and kidnappings. Its followers are engaged in total war.
I call ASG a violent Islamist terror group for several reasons. ASG self-identifies as one. It has cooperated with Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida affiliate that conducted the October 2002 attacks on the Indonesian island of Bali. In 2015, ASG's senior commander, Isnilon Hapilon, pledged loyalty to ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Abu Sayyaf translates as "bearer of the sword." For jihadis, the name is Islamic propaganda whose violent poetry erases political borders. ISIS' now-deceased "minister of oil" used it as a nom de guerre.
Instapundit: Abu Sayyaf susected in Philippine terrorist attack and Abu Sayyaf criminal jihad terrorist operation

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