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06MANILA3915 2006-09-15 09:57 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Manila
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 003915

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM, S/CT, AND EAP/MTS
USPACOM ALSO FOR FPA HUSO
SECDEF/OSD/ISA/AP (LAWLESS/TOOLAN/BAILEY)
JOINT STAFF/J5 (WILKES/ROBINSON/CLEMMONS)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/15/2016
TAGS: PTER PREL MOPS MCAP RP
SUBJECT: AFP OPERATION AGAINST ASG/JI TERRORISTS UNDERSCORES TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM LINKS

Classified By: (U) Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (C) SUMMARY. Armed Forces of the Philippines operations
on Jolo have provided indisputable evidence, including
sophisticated improvised explosive devices similar to what
U.S. troops have encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan, of the
Abu Sayyaf Group’s and Jemaah Islamiyah’s transnational
terrorist links. Embassy and U.S. military public affairs
officers are working with their Philippine military
counterparts on a press event that will highlight the deadly
and transnational nature of this terrorist threat in order to
help sustain public support for “Operation Ultimatum.” END
SUMMARY.

¶2. (C) “Operation Ultimatum,” the ongoing Armed Forces of
the Philippines (AFP) effort to capture or kill the senior
Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leadership
on the island of Jolo, has provided indisputable evidence of
the transnational nature of both terrorist groups.

SOPHISTICATED BOMB-MAKING FACTORY
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¶3. (S/REL AUS/PHIL) After overrunning the main ASG base camp
on the western slopes of Mount Tumatangis on August 4, the
AFP discovered a reinforced bunker complex, built to shelter
over a hundred terrorists. In the camp, the AFP found a
bomb-making factory, capable of producing highly
sophisticated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were
designed to inflict mass casualties. Packed in seemingly
innocuous household objects, such as shampoo bottles and
powdered milk cans, the devices contained hundreds of
8-millimeter ball-bearings and cut up pieces of rebar packed
in explosive material with timing devices and electronic
anti-tamper sensors. The degree of skill evident in the IEDs
goes beyond previous ASG bomb-making efforts. A Joint
Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) Explosive
Ordnance Disposal specialist assisting the AFP in analyzing
the devices noted that disturbingly the bombs incorporated
advanced techniques that U.S. troops have encountered in Iraq
and Afghanistan, providing clear indications that al-Qaida
trained JI operatives Dulmatin and Umar Patek are passing on
their skills. The household and marketplace objects used to
hide these IEDs suggest the intent to use them in markets,
mass transit, or other settings designed to inflict maximum
civilian casualties and public horror.

KIDNAP CONTRACT AND PROPAGANDA
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¶4. (S/REL AUS/PHIL) An AFP September 4 raid on an ASG safe
house in Jolo City uncovered a treasure trove of Saudi-origin
medical supplies, propaganda material, documents, and CD-roms
that provide an inside look at ASG operations. FBI agents on
temporary assignment to JSOTF-P helped with site and document
exploitation. One chilling document discovered was a
contract, which appears to have been signed by Khadaffy
Janjalani, Abu Solaiman, Isnilon Hapilon, and other senior
ASG leaders, on how to handle and share the profits from
kidnap-for-ransom victims. The FBI agents obtained the
original of this document and have sent it to the FBI Crime
Laboratory in Washington for further analysis. An
English-language propaganda pamphlet titled “Al-Harakatul
Islamiyyah’s Frequently Asked Questions,” goes at length to
justify terrorist activities, including killing fellow
Muslims (non-believers who claim to be Muslims) and civilians
(all enemies of Allah — military or civilian — are one in
the same); kidnap for ransom (not to gain money but to
support future operations); and, raping women hostages.
(Note: Al-Harakatul Islamiyyah is the official Arabic name
for the ASG. End note.) The CD-roms, now being examined by a
U.S. Army document exploitation team, contain training films,
financial records, and password-protected documents.

¶5. (S/REL AUS/PHIL) Light Reaction Company 3 attacked a camp
belonging to ASG Sub-Commander Albader Parad near Mount Tukay

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in southwestern Jolo on September 6. After fierce fighting,
the ASG group fled, abandoning 14 rucksacks, some of them
blood stained, which yielded fundamentalist propaganda and an
array of bomb-making material, similar to that discovered on
August 4. In addition to detailed schematics, the AFP found
modified cell phone batteries, blasting caps, circuit boards,
and remote control detonation devices.

BUILDING SUPPORT FOR ONGOING OPERATIONS
BY DEMONSTRATING THE TERRORISTS’ TRUE NATURE
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¶6. (C) U.S. Embassy, JSOTF-P, and Joint US Military
Assistance Group public affairs officers are working with
their AFP counterparts on a press event that will highlight
these discoveries and emphasize the deadly and transnational
nature of the terrorist threat that the Philippines faces.
Demonstrating the terrorists’ true nature will help sustain
public support for the continued AFP operations on Jolo.

Visit Embassy Manila’s Classified website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm
KENNEY

   

 

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