Abu Sayyaf rebels behead soldier


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a soldier they captured in the southern Philippine province of Sulu where security forces are battling the notorious group linked to the Islamic State, intelligence reports said.

Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji, of the 32nd Infantry Battalion, was seized near the village of Igasan in Patikul town early this month. His body was recovered on Sunday in the village called Taglibi, also in Patikul town, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf.

Siraji, a former Moro National Liberation Front rebel, was part of an army unit working on peace and development projects in Sulu. He was travelling to the village of Igasan when seven armed militants seized him.

The military’s Western Mindanao Command did not release any information on Siraji’s brutal killing, but a local television news report quoted Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of an army task force in Sulu, as saying that Siraji’s decapitated head was recovered by soldiers. Thousands of former MNLF fighters had been integrated to the military and police forces following the signing of a peace deal with Manila in September 1996.


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  1. At least the Abu Sayyaf will be wiped out by June this year according to Duterte and everyone who works for him.

    Gen. Eduardo Año, AFP chief of staff ordered soldiers to speed up the campaign to strategically eliminate the ASG within the specified time frame, or up to June 30, 2017.

    “They [the ASG terrorists]are no match to us,” said the AFP chief who directed the troops to “operate at full speed, double or increase the operational tempo some more.”

    That’s the good thing about a braggart, they set a time that everyone can see they were talking out their ass.

    • The T in a SMART objective is for “Time-bounded”. Time will have to be adjusted along the way as circumstances warrant, but Time is always a consideration in setting objectives.

    • Time will have to be adjusted along the way as circumstances warrant

      Like the way Duterte adjusted his campaign promises from 6 months to 6 years.