The southern Philippines could be on the brink of a new wave of violence. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government are preparing in case the four-year-old ceasefire breaks down.
At least 120,000 people have been killed while two million more have been internally displaced since the separatist war started in the mid-1970s.
The MILF is now being accused of coddling terrorists from the Abu Sayyaf group and al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah.
The government believes the MILF camps are training grounds for the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah, groups accused of kidnappings, bombings and other attacks on civilians.
Ghazali Jaafar, the MILF vice-chairman, said: "Our religion is Islam … and you know Islam is a way of life … and so we cannot detach our life from Islam." More...
Saturday, August 4, 2007
War on Terror; Philippines on the brink of War
From Al-Jazeera --