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07MANILA196 2007-01-17 08:43 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/17/2017
TAGS: PTER MARR MASS MOPS MCAP PREL ASEC RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE ARMED FORCES ANNOUNCE KILLING OF ASG LEADER ABU SOLAIMAN

REF: MANILA 102 AND PREVIOUS

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

¶1. (U) Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff
Hermogenes Esperon announced on January 17 that Philippine
troops had killed Abu Sayyaf Group leader Jainal Sali AKA Abu
Solaiman in an encounter on Jolo Island on January 16. Abu
Solaiman was under U.S. indictment for his role in the
kidnapping of U.S. citizens Gracia and Martin Burnham and
Guillermo Sobero, and Martin Burnham’s and Guillermo Sobero’s
subsequent deaths. He carries up to a $5 million reward
under the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice
Program.

¶2. (U) According to Esperon, a Philippine government agent
who had infiltrated the Abu Sayyaf positively identified Abu
Solaiman’s body. Philippine 8th Special Forces Company
killed Abu Solaiman while overrunning an Abu Sayyaf Group
camp on Mt. Dajo as part of the ongoing “Operation
Ultimatum.” The main Abu Sayyaf element broke contact and
fled the site. Philippine military intelligence officers
separately told U.S. Joint Special Operations Task
Force-Philippines counterparts that they are “150-percent
sure” that the terrorist’s body is that of Abu Solaiman.

¶3. (C) Two U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents
detailed to U.S. Joint Special Operations Task
Force-Philippines are currently on the ground assisting in
exploitation of the site and have taken fingerprints from Abu
Solaiman’s body. Philippine troops recovered a global
positioning system location device, an array of bomb-making
materials, and a stack of documents from the camp, which
consisted of complex of 17 reinforced bunkers.

¶4. (C) The January 16 raid is the latest in a series of
successes the Philippine military has scored in “Operation
Ultimatum” against the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah
leadership on the island of Jolo. Since the August 1, 2006,
onset of the operation, the AFP troops have killed an
estimated 38 terrorists, while capturing 15 others.

¶5. (C) COMMENT: The Philippine government announced Abu
Solaiman’s death based upon what appears to be compelling
physical evidence. We will not be able to determine with
certainty the identity of the body until the completion of
the fingerprint analysis. Regardless of the outcome, the
January 16 action represents a significant success.
Philippine troops, supported by U.S. Joint Special Operations
Task Force-Philippines planning assistance, intelligence
fusion, and surveillance assets, infiltrated the Abu Sayyaf
camp in the driving rain through thick, mountainous jungle
terrain before launching their attack. The operation is
further testimony to the Philippine military’s increased
proficiency in counterterrorism operations. In conversations
with Ambassador, both General Esperon and Executive Secretary
Ermita cited U.S. training and assistance as key factors in
their growing successes in combating terrorism.
KENNEY

   

 

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