Fwd (GLW): PHILIPPINES: Manila's `anti-terrorist' war targets MILF

Alan Bradley abradley1 at bigpond.com
Tue Feb 19 05:16:38 MST 2002


The following article appears in the current issue of Green Left Weekly
(http://www.greenleft.org.au ):

PHILIPPINES: Manila's `anti-terrorist' war targets MILF
BY NICK SOUDAKOFF

On February 9, "terms of reference" for the "Balikatan" US-Philippines war
"exercises" were agreed on by US and Philippines military officials. The 660
US troops, including 120 US special forces commandos, will be allowed to
"observe" combat operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
aimed at destroying the terrorist Abu Sayyaf organisation on Basilan Island
in the southern Philippines.

Critics of the joint US-Philippines military operations charge that their
real target is the national liberation struggle of the Moro (Muslim) people
in Mindanao.

<The remainder of the article can be found on the Green Left website.>


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