Gaon wrote: ↑June 11th, 2021, 8:10 pm
The Philippines has an Islamic insurgency.
I believe only in Mindanao islamic area now but there were islamic bombs set off in Manila in 95 - 97 while we lived there .. one right in Makati at the Shangri-La where we hung out a lot as it was a short walk from where we lived .. others in malls .. There was a flurry between 95 & 99
Now that you bring up Islamic insurgency., KSM (the brain of Al Qaida) had just been there training bombers in Mindanao .. plotting in Manila and Ramzi Yousef, his nephew who did the first Tower bombing was almost captured on Jan 7, 1995. We know the date as it was just 15 days after we got there in time for Christmas. Coppers raided their apartment and found the plots they were hatching including several airliners + killing the pope who was due there in a month or so. That stopped the plots of course as Yousef was now on the run ,, and thanks to Philippine intel, the yanks caught him on his run in Pakistan via Thailand .. He's now in jail for life in NY
All the early clues about KSM's coming 911 were there and Philippine Intel knew but the yanks would not listen. The yanks refused to have any idea how brilliant and determined KSM was until 911 actually happened
It was because of all the action while we were there that we decided to really learn all we could about the ideology
I'm not sure how "hot" Mindanao is today, but it was hot not long ago when Duterte took them on full bore
G. Orwell: "What's with you stupes? ... I tried to warn y'all in 1949"