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07MANILA1086 2007-04-04 04:30 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 001086

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/04/2017
TAGS: PTER MOPS MASS MCAP PREL RP
SUBJECT: NO LET UP IN COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS ON JOLO

REF: A. MANILA 0255
¶B. MANILA 0241
¶C. MANILA 0196 AND PREVIOUS

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

¶1. (C/REL AUS) SUMMARY. Armed Forces of the Philippines
Chief of Staff General Esperon announced April 1 the end of
“Operation Ultimatum,” the successful months-long effort
targeting the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah leadership on
the island of Jolo. General Esperon, however, intends no let
up in operations. He has directed his commanders to pursue
intensified civil-military activity and targeted,
intelligence-driven, surgical military action to track down
Bali bombers Dulmatin and Umar Patek and other remaining
terrorists. END SUMMARY.

BATTLE AIN’T OVER, ALTHOUGH OPERATION ULTIMATUM IS
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¶2. (C/REL AUS) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief
of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon announced to the press
April 1 the end of “Operation Ultimatum,” the months-long
counterterrorism campaign targeting the Abu Sayyaf Group and
Jemaah Islamiyah leadership on the southern island of Jolo.
Launched on August 1, 2006, the combined operation involving
thousands of AFP soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, has
brought about the deaths of Khadaffy Janjalani and Abu
Solaiman, the top two leaders of the Abu Sayyaf Group, killed
scores of other terrorists in military operations, and
eliminated major base camps and safe havens. (Septel will
describe some of “Ultimatum’s” successes.)

¶3. (C/REL AUS) General Esperon told Ambassador, however,
that the “end” of operations will only be semantics. He
confirmed that the AFP does not intend to let up on the hunt
for Bali bombers Dulmatin and Umar Patek and other remaining
terrorists, who are still at large on the island. General
Esperon added that he planned to expand civil-military
operations in a continuing effort to isolate the Abu Sayyaf
and Jemaah Islamiyah, while still continuing aggressive
operations to track them down. He commented that the
emphasis on civil-military operations might “fool” the
terrorists into thinking that the AFP was letting down its
guard.

¶4. (C/REL AUS) According to officers of the Joint Special
Operations Task Force-Philippines, General Esperon has
directed Lieutenant General Cedo, the commander of Western
Mindanao Command, to develop a follow-up plan to “Ultimatum.”
This new directive would include “heavy” civil-military and
internal security operations. Western Mindanao Command’s
Task Force Comet nonetheless continues to plan and execute
intelligence-based combat operations on Jolo without let up,
having recently cleared neighboring Capual Island of
terrorists and forced them to separate into smaller groups.

¶5. (U) In his remarks to the press, Esperon confirmed that
the new operation would not involve any cut in forces, and
vowed that “we will not stop until we get these suspects.”

COMMENT
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¶6. (C/REL AUS) General Esperon’s tenure as Chief of Staff
has featured aggressive and tenacious combat operations, and
will most likely continue to do so. Having personally fought
against the Abu Sayyaf Group as a battalion commander on the
island of Basilan, Esperon has a special interest in ending
this terrorist threat once and for all. The emphasis on
civil-military operations is astute, and builds on our
partnership with the AFP in Basilan and now Jolo. Much of
the AFP’s success on Jolo can be attributed to its careful,
targeted efforts to win over the civilian population and to
its increasingly precise, intelligence-driven combat
operations. The AFP’s dogged pursuit of the remaining
terrorists until they face justice (or death in battle) will
endure.

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