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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA4861 2006-11-30 09:06 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
VZCZCXRO4820
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #4861 3340906
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 300906Z NOV 06 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4128
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA IMMEDIATE 9486
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO IMMEDIATE 2986
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNS/COMSOCPAC HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 004861

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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

C O R R E C T E D C O P Y (CLASSIFICATION CORRECTION PARA 2)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/30/2016
TAGS: PTER MARR MASS MOPS MCAP PREL RP
SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 30 UPDATE ON JOLO OPERATIONS

REF: MANILA 4508 AND PREVIOUS

Classified By: (U) Pol/C Scott Bellard
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (C/REL AUS) The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is
now ending its 18th week of operations against the Abu Sayyaf
and Jemaah Islamiyah leadership on the southern Mindanao
island of Jolo. It has suffered 22 killed and 103 wounded
since the August 1 onset of “Operation Ultimatum,” and shows
no sign of letting up. AFP Chief of Staff General Esperon
has told his troops that if they want to come home for
Christmas, they have to get the high value targets, who the
AFP continues to believe are on the eastern half of Jolo.

¶2. (C/REL AUS) According to AFP sources, Sheng Janjalani,
Khadaffy Janjalani’s wife, arrived on Jolo November 28 from
Basilan in an effort to learn more about her husband’s fate.
The AFP hopes by following Sheng to confirm or deny
persistent rumors suggesting that the ASG leader was wounded
or killed in a mid-September encounter with government
troops.

¶3. (C/REL AUS) Lieutenant General Cedo established a new
command on Jolo, the Joint Special Operations Force (JSOF),
effective November 25, that brings Light Reaction Company,
Scout Ranger, Special Operations, and Naval Special Warfare
units under a unified commander, Brigadier General Pabustan.
Cedo’s objective is to use Army and Marine troops as fixing
and blocking forces and the JSOF as the assault and finishing
element.

¶4. (C/REL AUS) Following this reorganization, the AFP kicked
off an operation in southeastern Jolo in the region of
Talipao using the Philippine Army’s 33rd and 35th Infantry
Battalions as blocking forces, and the 4th and 6th Special
Forces Companies to clear the area in which the AFP believes
Dulmatin and Abu Sulaiman are hiding. The AFP is planning a
more ambitious operation, Operational Directive 18, which is
based a predictive analysis of past ASG/JI actions and
thorough intelligence preparation of the battlefield. This
type of intelligence-driven planning demonstrates growing
sophistication (with U.S. help) in AFP operations.

¶5. (C/REL AUS) The Philippine Navy maritime cordon around
Jolo continues to operate, backed up by U.S. intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance support, and has so far
conducted 3,886 maritime interdictions.

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