Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Sayyaf now merged, says antiterror expert


The Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) regional terror network and the local Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the Sulu Archipelago are already so integrated they operate almost as one organization, according to an international counterterrorism expert.

The link between the JI and the ASG is “almost complete,” said Professor Rohan Gunarathna, head of the management staff of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore.

“They co-exist, they work together, their leaders operate together as one organization. The integration of these two structures is almost complete,” said Gunarathna, one of the resource speakers at the two-day intelligence exchange among military analysts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) which concluded Wednesday.

A brainchild of the Philippine military, the forum was the first ever Asean militaries analyst-to-analyst intelligence exchange which allowed experts in the region to share best practices and analytical tools in combating terrorism.

Gunarathna said ASG extremists are collaborating closely with about a dozen JI terrorists who came here from Indonesia.

He said the ASG has been able to carry out bomb attacks because of training and support given by the JI.

He said the two key JI leaders who worked with the ASG were Omar Patek who was arrested this year in Pakistan, and Dulmatin who was killed in Indonesia in March 2010.

Both are Indonesian nationals who are on the international terrorist wanted list.

“There are still about a dozen Indonesian and Malaysian terrorists still operating in the Sulu archipelago. They are planning and preparing terrorist attacks, they are working together with the Abu Sayyaf to conduct terrorist attacks,” Gunarathna said.

He praised Philippine security forces for preventing many planned bomb attacks due to “excellent” intelligence work.

“The terrorism threat has been very significantly reduced in the Philippines because the Armed Forces of the Philippines have generated high-quality, high-grade intelligence,” he said.

“The human intelligence capability of the Philippine armed forces and the Philippine police is excellent,” Gunarathna added.

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  • Anonymous

    Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf now merged…

    Later, Pnoy and Gloria Arroyo will merged. 

  • Anonymous

    these analysts could have been “sleeping” for a long time,  the reality & fact is that these abu sayaff & malaysia’s jimaah islamiyah are one in purpose & trainings, and their operatives are interchangeable, he, he, he, and that was many years ago and have strengthened their ties in a cooperative of “kidnap for ransom” syndicates and rebellion! that is what the somali pirates & SA rebels are also operating, ok?
    but the law enforceers has always a problem in fighting them,  the HRC will always take their sides and stand up for these rebels/criminals,  and their victims are being accused as perpetrators, tsk, tsk, tsk! now, solve that situation in the Ph?

  • Anonymous

    Well color me surprised. No, not really. This is pretty much as expected, and I wouldn’t be surprised also if the MILF (via their one thousand and one “breakaway groups”) has been feeding soldiers to JI/Abu Sayyaf too. These extremist groups should never be treated lightly.

  • John Sulayman

    Why do my comments need approval before they are posted here? This is a violation of my constitutional rights!

    • Anonymous

      censorship is not a violation of constitutional rights. however, it is stinks like rotten eggs that will discourage people to express their opinions.

    • joboni96

      sa tingin ko
      na hack ng u.s.
      ang comments section

      natutu na sa tsina

      • John Sulayman

        I mentioned 

        b.!.n L.a d.3.n, and;

        all in one sentence. Does that still need approval pa ba?


  • Anonymous

    Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Sayyaf now merged akin to
    Jollibee and greenwich pizza ha. 
    It just goes to prove that one of them is diminishing  in strength hence wanting absorption. 
    This is not good since they will be comparing notes and cross training.
     Either way catching them is elementary … Just arrest anyone with unlicensed guns and ammo!

  • Pablo

    Birds of the same feather flock together.

  • joboni96

    ngayong wala na si bin laden
    kailangang gumawa na naman ng
    pantakot ang u.s.
    para ma maintain ang
    stealth o tagong
    u.s. bases sa mindanao
    at iba pang lugar

    maliit lang ang abu sayyaf at j.i.
    na kayang tapusin ng militar at pulis
    kung gugustuhin

    kaya lang mawawalan ng budget at
    dahilan ang mga stealth u.s. bases
    sa bayan natin
    pag nangyari ito

  • be honest

    So how can you sign peace accord with MILF ?
    In order to sign peace accord with MNLF that time, ARMM has to be created.
    Now MILF wants a ” sub state “.
    Here comes Kato group, now the merger of Abu Sayaff and Jemaah Islamiyah ( known kidnap-for-ramsom and terrorist group ) and other hundreds of extremist groups.
    There will be no peace in Mindanao unless the government increase Marines and Arm Forces. To show them whos the boss.
    Or else the situation will deteriate rapidly.

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