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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA3670 2006-09-01 07:29 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Manila
VZCZCXRO2387
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #3670 2440729
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 010729Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2765
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
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 003670

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/MTS
USPACOM ALSO FOR FPA HUSO
JOINT STAFF J5 (WILKES/ROBINSON/CLEMMONS)
OSD/ISA/AP (LAWLESS/TOOLAN/BAILEY)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/01/2016
TAGS: PTER MOPS MCAP PREL RP
SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER 1 UPDATE ON JOLO OPERATIONS

REF: A. MANILA 3560

¶B. MANILA 3401
¶C. MANILA 3352
¶D. MANILA 3299
¶E. MANILA 3218

Classified By: (U) Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Paul W. Jones
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (C) The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is
maintaining the pressure on fugitive Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)
and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists on Jolo as “Operation
Ultimatum” reaches its one-month mark. ASG leaders, Khadaffy
Janjalani and Abu Sulaiman, and JI operatives, Umar Patek and
Dulmatin, are thought to have returned to the vicinity of
their former stronghold of Mount Tumatangis in western Jolo.
The AFP has kept the terrorists on the move during the last
30 days — they have rarely spent more than 48 hours in a
single location — and is currently planning another attack
against the terrorists’ suspected location.

¶2. (SBU) The Philippine Navy, with US support, is
maintaining a tight maritime cordon around Jolo. Since
August 1, it has conducted 732 maritime interdictions,
including 50 stops during the last 24 hours. On August 22,
the Department of Foreign Affairs speedily approved in less
than eight hours the diplomatic clearance request for the USS
Halsey’s (JTF 515) SH-60 helicopters to support AFP
operations. By August 26, the SH-60s, which have all-weather
and infrared capability, were conducting maritime intercept
rehearsals with Philippine Navy ships. The aircraft are now
completely integrated into and supporting the maritime cordon.

¶3. (U) Civil military operations have been a critical
element to winning the population to the side of the
Philippine government, both before and during the operation.
The AFP, assisted by Joint Special Operations Task
Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) troops, opened newly constructed
Area Coordination Centers in Panamao and Indanan on August
¶30. Jolo Governor Loong’s remarks at the Panamao
ribbon-cutting focused on the partnership between local
government and the AFP to rid the island of lawlessness. The
JSOTF-P Chaplain presented ten sewing machines to community
residents to help start a livelihood program.

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

   

 

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