Abu Sayyaf is an Islamist militant group in the Philippines which has carried out attacks since 1991. They are engaged in an insurgency for an independent province.
The militants are based in and around Jolo and Basilan islands in the southwest of the country. The group carries out terror attacks like bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, and extortion and have associated themselves with the "Islamic State" (IS or ISIL). This page automatically collates DW's content on Abu Sayyaf.
It's been two years since "Islamic State" (IS) rapidly gained ground in Iraq. Until today IS has appealed to extremists all over the world - and has even reached out to the Philippines. There, a terror group called Abu Sayyaf started in the 1990s with help from al-Qaeda. But as Michael Sullivan reports from Manila, they now appear to be switching allegiance.
President Benigno Aquino has announced plans to launch a military assault against Islamic Abu Sayyaf militants after they executed a foreign hostage. He has also said that the group was motivated by "Islamic State."