Find a Security Clearance Job!

Homeland Security

Abu Sayyaf

Center of GravityPhilippines
Area of OperationMalaysia
GoalCreate independent Islamic state in Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago and parts of southern Philippines2
LeaderKhadafi Janjalani
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
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
1U.S. government shorthand.
2U.S. State Department. 'Country Reports on Terrorism.' 2005.
Key to bullets
High confidence
Some confidence
Low confidence
No confidence
Page maintained by John Lumpkin
Click here for a disclaimer and detailed explanation of the confidence ratings.