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Analysts: Philippine Beheading for Money, Not Religion

An insurgency group-turned-kidnap for ransom gang has been highly active in the southern Philippines in recent weeks, with several abductions of foreign nationals and now the beheading of a Canadian hostage. In a joint statement released Tuesday, Philippine military and police vowed “no let-up” in their pursuit of  members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).  The group, which started in 1991 with funding from al-Qaida, has mostly abandoned its ideological leanings in favor of...

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