A Filipino Muslim vigilante prays at a mosque in Talipao village a few kilometres away from the suspected hideout of the Islamic fundamentalist Abu Sayyaf rebels in Jolo island in southern Philippines April 28. More than 1000 soldiers are chasing the Abu Sayyaf islamic rebels who claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of 21 hostages including 10 foreign tourists from a Malaysian dive resort last weekend. The hostages are believed to be taken to an interior part of Jolo island, up in rugged hilly territory.REUTERS/ ERIK DE CASTRO

The Philippines: Defeating Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)

By Ronel Manalo Despite being the focus of counterinsurgency for four decades, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) continues to pose severe

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Red on Red: Security Situation in Nepal

Recent political violence in Nepal by the radical Chand aka Biplav faction should not have come as a surprise. Behind the national self-congratulation at ending the insurgency in November 2006 through negotiation, all Maoist factions continued to use terrorism to ensure the outcome of polls and to dominate local areas, thus to recruit and amass the funds needed for political action. In fact, turning a blind-eye to such violence has been a hallmark of the post-conflict order.

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