Abu Sayyaf

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Noun1.Abu Sayyaf - a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the PhilippinesAbu Sayyaf - a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the Philippines; uses bombing and assassination and extortion and kidnapping; "In 2001 Abu Sayyaf kidnapped twenty people and beheaded one of the American captives"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Philippines, Republic of the Philippines - a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946
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Together with questions on the extrajudicial killings, alleged corruption by appointed officials of the President, the stalled peace talks with the communists, peace and order problems sowed in Mindanao by the Abu Sayaf, and the rising political militancy of the opposition, there is an emerging consensus that while the country's short-term prospects appear upbeat, concerns are growing that politics and governance would threaten the long-term.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to augment the resources of the local government unit (LGU) of Basilan for the 1,729 families or 6,218 persons from the municipalities of Sumisip, Tuburan, Hadji Mohammad Ajul, and Akbar who were displaced by the military operations against the Abu Sayaf in the area.
Kindly appoint our brother Abu Sayaf al-Iraqi as the head of the antiquities office as he is an expert in this field.
This weakens the popularity of IS because we look at Islam as a religion of mercy and tolerance," said Abu Sayaf, a Jordanian cleric who spent almost 10 years in Jordanian prisons for militant activity.
Even in the heat of battle, a prisoner of war is given good treatment," said Abu Sayaf, a Jordanian Salafist cleric also known as Mohamed Al Shalabi who spent almost 10 years in Jordanian prisons for militant activity including a plot to attack US troops.