Philippines Warring Rebels

February 10, 2013 - 5:30 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, Khabir Malik, Commander of the Moro National Liberation Front, a Muslim rebel group which signed a 1996 peace pact with the Philippine government briefs his comrades at Patikul township, on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines. After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely-condemned terrorist group. The emerging enmity between the Abu Sayyaf militants and the Moro rebels could bolster a decade-long campaign by the Philippines and Western countries to isolate the al-Qaida offshoot Abu Sayyaf, which remains one of the most dangerous groups in Southeast Asia.(AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan File)