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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 000241

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR S, D, P, S/CT, EAP, CA
USPACOM FOR ADMIRAL FALLON
JOINT STAFF J5 (WILKES/ROBINSON/CLEMMONS)
OSD/ISA/AP (LAWLESS/TOOLAN/BAILEY)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/20/2017
TAGS: PTER MOPS MCAP PREL CASC RP
SUBJECT: CONFIRMED DEATH OF ABU SAYYAF GROUP LEADER KHADDAFY JANJALANI: ACTION REQUEST

REF: A. BELLARD/OPS CENTER TELCON
¶B. MANILA 0214
¶C. MANILA 0196
¶D. MANILA 0179
¶E. MANILA 3560
¶F. MANILA 3401
¶G. MANILA 3352
¶H. MANILA 3299
¶I. MANILA 3218

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

¶1. (C) DNA testing by FBI laboratories, in consultation
with Philippine experts, confirmed on January 19 that a
corpse recently uncovered on Jolo Island in the course of the
ongoing “Operation Ultimatum” by the Armed Forces of the
Philippines was that of Khaddafy Janjalani, the leader of the
terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group. This confirmation comes within
days of the Philippine announcement that Philippine troops
had also killed ASG mastermind Abu Solaiman AKA Jainal Sali,
also as part of “Operation Ultimatum” (ref c). The U.S.
Government’s Rewards for Justice program had offered rewards
of up to US$ 5 million for each of these wanted terrorists.
Septel will provide suggested press guidance.

U.S. ASSISTANCE PLAYED A KEY SUPPORTING ROLE
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¶2. (SBU) While this was a truly Philippine counterterrorism
success, the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task
Force-Philippines directly assisted in planning “Operation
Ultimatum,” and they and other relevant USG agencies provided
constant intelligence support, operations advice, and
assistance since the start of the operation in August 2006,
in which at least 19 Philippine troops have died and another
103 have been wounded already. At least 48 terrorists have
been killed and another 15 have surrendered. In addition,
U.S. development assistance, exchange programs, and the visit
of the USNS Mercy have played a key role in separating
terrorists from the population and creating an environment in
which the local population did not defend, shelter, or
otherwise assist these wanted terrorists. Coordinated
development, humanitarian and military assistance created an
environment for the Philippine military to succeed. The
ambitious Philippine Defense Reform program has also helped
on an institutional basis to ensure that the Armed Forces of
the Philippines are increasing capable and effective, as
these successes demonstrate.

¶3. (SBU) Upon receiving the news from the FBI, Ambassador
and senior Embassy staff on January 20 immediately
congratulated Philippine officials, who expressed elation at
the news. Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Esperon said
that he would likely wait until Monday, January 22 to make a
public announcement in order to obtain maximum press
coverage.

ACTION REQUEST: CONGRATULATORY CALLS
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¶4. (C) President Arroyo courageously and publicly launched
“Operation Ultimatum,” despite low approval ratings and
ongoing difficulties with the Philippine Congress, to finish
off the senior JI and ASG leadership in the southern
Philippines. Both groups have killed Americans and Filipinos
alike over the past several years. A Philippine court in
June 2005 convicted seven key ASG terrorists involved in the
Dos Palmos kidnapping (which involved an Amcit couple, the
Burnhams) and other terrorist acts. While the recent deaths
of key ASG leaders are a real victory in the war on terrorism
and directly contribute to the safety and security of U.S.
citizens, the job of eliminating terrorists from the southern
Philippines is not over. A congratulatory call from the
President to President Arroyo (who departs for the World
Economic Forum in Davos on January 24), Secretary Rice to
Secretary Romulo (who is currently in Washington), and DCI to

SIPDIS
Philippine National Security Advisor Bert Gonzalez will be
important to sustain momentum in the drive by President
Arroyo and the Philippine military to finish the job.

MANILA 00000241 002 OF 002

Embassy Canberra may want to brief senior Australian
officials should Prime Minister Howard also wish to
congratulate President Arroyo. State Department officials
may also wish to brief Mrs. Burnham on the death of yet
another one of the terrorists who kidnapped her and her
husband. Suggested points:

— Congratulations on deaths of the top leaders of the Abu
Sayyaf Group, Khaddafy Janjalani and Abu Solaiman;
— These are important victories in the war on terrorism;
— These terrorists were responsible for killing both
Filipinos and Americans;
— Philippine troops performed superbly in a coordinated,
sustained joint operation;
— Pleased that the U.S. was able to provide useful
intelligence and other support;
— Our partnership in the Philippines is helping to
establish peace and prosperity, making terrorists unwelcome;
— Will continue our joint efforts;
— Encourage you to continue until all terrorists are
eradicated.

COMMENT
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¶5. (C) The Philippine government, in this latest and
continuing offensive, is proving itself as a dedicated ally
of the U.S. in the war on terror, willing to make the
necessary sacrifices to wipe out terrorist leaders and to
dismantle terrorist networks operating in the Philippines.
President Arroyo, in her chairmanship of ASEAN-related
summits in Cebu recently (ref d) also demonstrated courage
and leadership in focusing attention on key strategic issues
including Burma and North Korea, and in making sure that
those countries heard a consistent warning from these
regional groups. End Comment.

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