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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 000243

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER MOPS KPAO PREL RP
SUBJECT: PRESS GUIDANCE ON DEATH OF TERRORIST LEADER KHADAFI JANJALANI

¶1. (U) At the instruction of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,
Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General
Esperon confirmed to the media on January 20 that FBI laboratories,
working together with Philippine experts, had confirmed that a
corpse uncovered in December on Jolo Island in the course of the
ongoing “Operation Ultimatum” was that of Khadafi Janjalani, the
leader of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group. He specifically thanked
the U.S. Government both for its assistance and advice for
Philippine military operations and for its humanitarian assistance.
He pledged the AFP would continue its anti-terrorist operations and
expressed the hope that the AFP would next capture or kill the
wanted terrorist Dulmatin (the Bali bomber) and other key terrorist
leaders.

¶2. (U) Embassy press guidance follows:

January 20, 2007

U.S. Embassy Manila Press Guidance

DEATH OF KHADAFFI JANJALANI

Q: How do you know the remains are those of Khadafi Janjalani?

— Law enforcement authorities of both the United States and the
Philippines have conducted extensive forensic and DNA testing on the
remains found near Patikul, on Jolo Island in Sulu Province in
December 2006. Our conclusion is that these remains are those of
Abu Sayyaf Group leader Khadafi Janjalani.

Q: Were U.S. troops involved in his pursuit and killing?

— Visiting U.S. military forces advise, assist and share
information with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to bring peace
and prosperity to conflict-affected regions. These activities have
certainly assisted the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the
pursuit of terrorists, but U.S. troops have no active role in any
combat operations.

Q: Who will get the $5 million reward?

— A reward of up to $5 million has been offered by the U.S.
Government for information leading to the capture or elimination of
Janjalani. The U.S. will work with Philippine authorities to
determine payment of this reward.

— To date, over $1.5 million has been paid to Philippine citizens
who have provided information leading to the capture of wanted
terrorists.

Q: Any further details on the nature of Janjalani’s death – when,
where, how, and so on?

— Refer to the Government of the Philippines for any further
details.

¶3. (U) Embassy press release, posted on our website on January 20,
follows:

January 20, 2007

U.S. Embassy, Manila

U.S. CONGRATULATES THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES ON THE ELMINATION
OF ABU SAYYAF GROUP LEADER KHADAFI JANJALANI

The United States congratulates the Government of the Philippines on
confirmation that the leader of the terrorist organization Abu
Sayyaf group Khadafi Janjanali has been killed. Remains found on
the island of Jolo in Sulu province in December 2006 have been
proven by forensic and DNA tests conducted in the Philippines and
the United States to be those of the terrorist leader. This is a
major step forward in the fight against terrorism in the Philippines
and in the global war on terror.

Janjalani has been pursued by the Philippines and the United States
for his involvement in several terrorist attacks, kidnappings and
murders. The Abu Sayyaf Group is designated by the U.S. as a
Foreign Terrorist Group, and has been responsible for numerous
terrorist bombings, murders and kidnappings, including the 2001 Dos
Palmas kidnapping incident that resulted in the deaths of two
American citizens.

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A reward of up to $5 million has been offered by the U.S. Government
for information leading to the capture or elimination of Khadafi
Janjalani. The U.S. will work with Philippine authorities to
determine payment of this reward.

The death of Khadafi Janjalani is an important and positive step
forward in the ultimate goal of eliminating the ruthless and
dangerous Abu Sayyaf Group, and in destroying its links with
international terrorist groups such as the Jemaah Islamiya. The
U.S. will continue to work with partners in the in the Philippines’
military, law enforcement, and national and local governments to
bring terrorists to justice and to build peace and prosperity in
Mindanao and throughout the Philippines.

KENNEY

   

 

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