Mindanao: Crucible of Terror, 2005 – Philippines – Marginalisation of Muslims might have been the genesis of Islam militants, however what’s now the driving drive of battle?

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Since September 11, the US has regarded Mindanao as a serious focus within the Conflict on Terror. However that is creating tensions with the Filipino authorities, who worry it is enflaming the Muslim insurgency.

“Mindanao is the brand new Mecca for terrorism,” alleges American ambassador Joseph Mussomeli. He claims that the separatist group MILF, preventing for independence from the previous 30 years, has robust hyperlinks to Jemaah Islamiah. However that is strenuously denied by MILF negotiator Mohaqmer Iqbal. “We aren’t terrorists. We might by no means combine with them.” He fears that America’s allegations are derailing the peace course of with the Philippines. “They’re lumping collectively the MILF with these so referred to as terrorists in order that the peace course of won’t proceed.” If that occurs, it might solely additional isolate the Muslims in Mindanao.

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