This is the enemy. This is who we face in the war on the global jihad. Make no mistake. Philippines, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, all of it ............ this is the war we are in.
TOP DEM LEADER PROCLAIMS: 'WAR IS LOST' via Drudge
7 Hostages Beheaded in Philippines Hat tip Clyde
By PAUL ALEXANDER Associated Press Writer
MANILA, Philippines -- The heads of seven men believed to have been kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group on a volatile southern island were delivered to a Philippine army detachment Thursday, the military said.
The men -- six road project workers and a dried-fish factory worker -- were kidnapped at gunpoint in two separate incidents Monday near the town of Parang on Jolo island, where U.S. troops have been involved in counterterrorism training and campaigns to draw local support away from Muslim rebels.
Maj. Gen. Ruben Rafael, commander of military forces on Jolo, said a group of civilians was ordered to take the heads to Parang by Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad, who operates in Jolo's mountainous forests.
Jolo Gov. Ben Loong and other officials confirmed the grisly delivery.
"This is a retaliation for the killing of one of their commanders," Rafael said. "This is a terrorist act that should be condemned by all."
UPDATE: Divisive tactics
Al-Ahram Weekly A key Sunni Arab insurgency group in Iraq has called on Osama Bin Laden to step in and discipline his Al-Qaeda associates in the war-torn nation in what is being seen as evidence of a growing rift between Iraqi insurgents and the mostly foreign fighters of the "Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia Organisation", a group loyal to Bin Laden.