13 July 2004
Southern Philippines Backgrounder - Terrorism and the Peace Process
This report examines the history of the Jemaah Islamiyah - Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) alliance, the depth of its past cooperation and the state of the present relationship. A central paradox of the southern Philippines peace process is that it presents both the main short-term obstacle to rooting out the terrorist network and an indispensable element in any long-term remedy to terror. Attempts to move directly against terrorists embedded in MILF-controlled territory risk an escalation of violence and a breakdown of talks.
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This report includes a map of the Philippines, a chronology of bombings and related developments in the country, and of the GRP-MILF peace process.