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General tapped to destroy ASG

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said that Major General Carlito Galvez Jr. was appointed as the new chief of the Western Mindanao Command as part of efforts to destroy the Abu Sayyaf Group and other lawless elements within six months.

Police and government intelligence agents shot dead a leader of an alleged local extremist group claiming affiliation to the international terror group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in a raid on a resort in Kiamba town of Sarangani early yesterday morning.

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The military, backed by aircraft and artillery, have pounded an unoccupied Islamic school in Butig, Lanao del Sur in an attempt to dislodge dozens of militants who started occupying part of the town Thursday.

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Massive combat operations are now taking place in Sulu as part of government’s efforts to totally eradicate the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) menace in the province.

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