MANILA, Philippines (AP) — After years of fighting the government
from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked
militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who
can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their
lost stature by fighting the widely condemned terrorist group.
The emerging enmity between the Abu Sayyaf militants and the Moro
rebels could bolster a decade-long campaign by the Philippines and
Western countries to isolate the al-Qaida offshoot Abu Sayyaf, which
remains one of the most dangerous groups in Southeast Asia.
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