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13-Sep-13 World View -- Philippine troops in clashes with al-Qaeda linked terrorists

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13-Sep-13 World View -- Philippine troops in clashes with al-Qaeda linked terrorists

Tensions grow between Egypt and Gaza's Hamas

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Philippine troops in clashes with al-Qaeda linked terrorists


Philippine troops clash with MNLF terrorists on Thursday (VOA)
Philippine troops clash with MNLF terrorists on Thursday (VOA)

Tens of thousands driven from homes by Muslim terrorists in the mostly Christian city of Zamboanga on the Philippine island of Mindanao. An estimated 180 terrorists from the al-Qaeda linked separatist group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are holding as many as 180 hostages. The army says that it has the situation "contained," but it is feared that the fighting will spread. Previous peace agreements between the government and the MNLF's predecessor, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but the army did not honor their pledges to reduce poverty and reduce security either failed or never materialized. President Benigno Aquino III, who took office in 2010, vowed to spend time and money to resolve the issues, but has not been effective. CNN and International Crisis Group (PDF) and VOA

Tensions grow between Egypt and Gaza's Hamas

When Hamas was formed in 1988, it was a branch of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. It took control of Gaza in 2008 in a war between Palestinian factions. During the year when Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party were controlling Egypt, until he was deposed by a coup on July 3, Morsi never did very much for Hamas. But now that Egypt's army is in charge, tensions are growing rapidly between Hamas and Egypt, largely because of terrorist attacks on Egyptian soldiers in the northern Sinai region of Egypt, near the border with Gaza. The Egyptian military has been making threatening actions towards Hamas, such as sending warplanes over Gaza airspace. On Thursday, two Egyptian army tanks for the first time crossed into the corridor that separates Egypt and Gaza. Egypt state TV is reporting that Hamas has been training Egyptian terrorists how to plant bombs in cars, and that Hamas gave 400 landmines to Egyptian militant groups. Reuters and AFP

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