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Abu Sayyaf


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Center of GravityPhilippines
ScopeNational
Area of OperationMalaysia
GoalCreate independent Islamic state in Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago and parts of southern Philippines2
LeaderKhadafi Janjalani
StatusActive
StatusSupported by al-Qaeda
StatusDesignated Terrorist Organization
Core membership200 to 5002
Alias(es)Abu Sayyaf Group, ASG1, Al Harakat al Islamiyya
Former leaderAbdurajak Abubakar Janjalani
Key membersIsnilon Totoni Hapilon, Jainal Antel Sali
Formed1991
 
 
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAbu Sayyaf split from the larger Moro National Liberation Front in 1991. It is responsible for numerous bombings and kidnappings, often with a financial goal.

Strong ties to Jemaah Islamiya, which has provided training and funding.2
 
 
Sources
1U.S. government shorthand.
2U.S. State Department. 'Country Reports on Terrorism.' 2005.
 
 
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