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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA4439 2006-10-20 09:30 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
VZCZCXRO5424
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #4439 2930930
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 200930Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3598
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA IMMEDIATE 9445
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO IMMEDIATE 2912
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC//OSD/ISA/AP// IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 004439

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STATE FOR EAP, 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: 10/20/2016
TAGS: PREL PINS PTER MOPS RP
SUBJECT: OCTOBER 20 UPDATE ON JOLO OPERATIONS

REF: MANILA 4338 AND PREVIOUS

Classified By: (U) Deputy Political Counselor Paul O’Friel
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (C/REL AUS) Now in its twelfth week, the ongoing Armed
Forces of the Philippines operation against the Jemaah
Islamiyah (JI) and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leadership on the
southern Mindanao island of Jolo shows no sign of letting up.
ASG leaders Khadaffy Janjalani, Abu Sulaiman, and the JI
bomber Dulmatin remain at large in the rugged terrain in the
vicinity of Patikul in central Jolo. The JI’s Umar Patek and
ASG sub-commander Albader Parad have moved to southeastern
Jolo, where Patek is believed to be trying to find ways to
escape the island.

¶2. (C/REL AUS) The Philippine Navy, backed by U.S. ships
providing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
support, continues its impressive blockade of the island. To
date it has conducted over 2700 maritime interdictions,
stopping and searching nearly every vessel arriving or
departing Jolo. Significantly, on the night of October 17,
U.S. and Philippine forces worked seamlessly to intercept two
vessels (one of them high-speed) attempting to flee Jolo for
Basilan. Following reports that Umar Patek may have been
trying to escape, U.S. P-3 aircraft; Joint Task Force 515
helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles; and Joint Special
Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) MK-V vessels
shadowed the two boats and vectored an intercept by
Philippine Navy and Philippine National Police Maritime Group
units. Although Patek was not on board, the speedboat was
found to belong to a known ASG logistician, and was piloted
by his brother. The 24 passengers and crew, consisting of
14 males, two females, and eight children, are now being
detained and questioned by Philippine security forces in
Zamboanga.

¶3. (C/REL AUS) The Armed Forces of the Philippines,
supported by JSOTF-P, is maintaining an active program of
civil military operations, concentrating on former
ASG-controlled areas. On October 14, it conducted a medical
mission treating 600 patients in a village once known as an
ASG “hot spot” in the Patikul region. These types of
missions have proven highly effective in separating
terrorists from the population.

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