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Ab Saa: Te Faher he Swrdsman
A review he rise Islami insrgen in heshern Philippines
Te Islami insrgen mvemen in he shern Philippines has been ng-ing sine he iniial lnizain ers he Spanish. I has nined hrghhe Amerian, and laer Philippine Repbli nrlled gvernmens, and is n-rlled b a nmber indigens grps ha share he lral ideni heMr, r Filipin Mslim.
Ab Saa Grp, whih is ne he smalles b ms vilen Mslim mve-mens in he Philippines, has nded a series errris ains in he hpes esablishing an independen Islami sae.
Alhgh he aemps esablish an anms Islami repbli b ehn-nainalisi grps in he shern Philippines have ailed hs ar, he ASG hasmanaged esablish a rademark exreme rhlessness and an inreasing will-ingness perperae mass asal aaks designed infi he maximm lss lie.
bu Sayya, which in Arabic means “Father o theSwordsman”
, is the name o the smallest but mosteared and violent o all Philippine terrorist organizations
.Te Abu Sayya Group (ASG) primarily operates on theSouthern most island o Mindanao, in the Sulu islandchain.Te inhabitants here have a unique cultural identity as Fili-pino Muslims, called Moros by the Spanish
. Te term“Moro” is a derivation o the word Moor, a derogatory name used by the Spanish to reer to the Islamic Negros o North Arica
. Te Christian majority o the Philippineswould adopt the negative association o the word Moro tomean cruel, ruthless and cunning aer a long series o violent encounters with theirMuslim neighbors to the South over the course o several centuries.