Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Quiet Success.

The AP (I will refer to them straight up here instead of with my derisive moniker for them) reports:
The first batch attended a camp called Hudeibah starting in mid-1998 and ending in February 2000, the report said. Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual head of the Jemaah Islamiyah who has been jailed for his role in the Bali bombings, attended the graduation ceremony, the report said.

Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, and fellow militant Ali Ghufron, known as Mukhlas, were among the Indonesian instructors, the report said. Both are in custody and face charges for deadly terror attacks.

The next batch of Indonesian recruits arrived in 2000, but their training was disrupted by a major military offensive on the MILF's main camp, Abubakar, forcing them to transfer to the Muaskar Jabal Quba camp on Mt. Kararao.

A third group arrived in August 2002, completing its training in February 2003, the report said.

A fourth group had not arrived because of military assaults, the report said, citing information from arrested Indonesian militants.

Members of the extremist Abu Sayyaf group and the MILF, as well as recruits from Malaysia and Singapore, also underwent training, but it was disrupted by assaults, it said.

An arrested Jemaah Islamiyah trainer, known as Rohmat, said three Indonesian militants trained about 60 Abu Sayyaf rebels on southern Jolo island in March 2003 "but they were constantly on the run to avoid government forces," the report said.
Source: Yahoo News (AP) - Forces Disrupt Group's Terror Training

Hmmm. Sounds like a fair amount of training has gone on, but at least it seems to be over. The MILF and their likes (MNLF & Abu Sayyaf etc) are not on easy street. This is good, could be better.