Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lawless MILF Groups

I was intrigued by a recent headline from Mindanews in the Philippines: "NorthCot jail on alert with reports of MILF rescuing a detained commander." Another regional headline tells us that "Bombers used rogue MILF’s signature."

There is more interesting news on the issue from a variety of Filipino sites. According to one, "threats of MILF attacks are being feared in several towns." Another tells us that "The next generation of MILF leaders have been described at in their 30s to early 40s and were born during the war years." While setbacks in a previous negotiating process resulted in a "resurgence of violence between the government and lawless MILF groups," recently "the government and the MILF signed a historic agreement" that may bring an end to the conflict.

In these contexts, "MILF" of course refers to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
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