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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA4508 2006-10-27 09:54 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
VZCZCXRO1988
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #4508 3000954
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 270954Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3682
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA IMMEDIATE 9453
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO IMMEDIATE 2929
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 004508

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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: 10/27/2031
TAGS: PREL PINS PTER MOPS RP
SUBJECT: OCTOBER 27 UPDATE ON JOLO OPERATIONS

REF: MANILA 4439 AND PREVIOUS

Classified By: (U) Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Scott Bellard
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (C/REL AUS) “Operation Ultimatum,” the ongoing Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) effort to capture or kill the
Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leadership
on the island of Jolo, is ending its 13th week, with no sign
of letting up. ASG leaders Khadaffy Janjalani and Abu
Solaiman, and JI operatives Dulmatin and Umar Patek are
believed to have moved to the southeast corner of the island
in an effort to escape AFP pressure. Philippine Marines,
Scout Rangers, and Special Forces raided the terrorists’
suspected location on October 26, but failed to find the
fugitives. The AFP is planning follow-up operations against
other possible targets.

¶2. (C/REL AUS) The Philippine Navy, supported by US forces,
continues its impressive blockade of Jolo, having conducted
2975 maritime interdictions since the August 1 start of the
operation. Naval assets have been shifted to the southeast
to prevent any potential escape attempt by sea.

¶3. (C/REL AUS) The most significant event this week was the
October 20 surrender of three low-level ASG operatives in the
Patikul region of central Jolo. The three operatives had
deserted the group protecting Khadaffy Janjalani and turned
themselves in to the AFP. Exhausted and malnourished, the
men complained that they had been misled and deserted by
their leadership. When informed of the US rewards offered
for the capture of the senior terrorists, the three ASG
captives said they would have turned in Janjalani and the
others if they had known of the program.

¶4. (C/REL AUS) The AFP has already begun redistributing
Rewards for Justice leaflets in all known ASG base camp
locations and along suspected ASG lines of communication.
The AFP is also circulating rewards material in civilian
areas where the JI and ASG leaders are believed to have
support or be hiding.

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

   

 

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