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For years Islamic radicals have used this rugged terrain and dense triple canopy as a safe haven for -- terrorists.
This is war stories and I'm all over north coming through from all the -- And -- province of the southern Philippines.
-- ground from which violent groups like Abu Sayyaf and July it -- -- I want vicious attacks.
Killing scores of Americans and Filipinos.
While terrorizing the people of this problems today he's Islamic radicals are on the run or dead.
Thanks to a unique approach to counterterrorism.
Being taken here at the Philippine armed forces backed up by the United States.
Join us as war stories goes with special operations units to this unknown front.
In the global war on terror.
Unconventional warfare unconventional operations.
The military is more than just.
You're picking gunpoint.
Dissolving complex political military.
Behind the scenes.
Advising and assisting local military forces.
A lot of military intelligence sharing.
Provide medical care to those who -- in the.
The parents schools.
Creative problem -- Can operate live.
It's very important.
-- became very -- it.
Going to be that as soon as they got this special forces.
You know -- somehow.
Count the people here genuinely like.
Colonel Dave Maxwell as the commanding officer of joint special operations task force Philippines.
A thinking man's game.
That's what it's all about you as a joint command his team consists of soldiers sailors airmen and Marines.
The exact number is classified.
But the total is under a thousand.
The Philippines United States allies and that we have a special relationship a long history together.
The Philippines more than 7000.
Islands became an American colony and 1898.
After the Spanish American war.
But US authority and -- From World War II game.
Take December 1941.
Just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor Japanese forces commanded by general -- -- -- -- attack Manila the Philippine capital.
151000 American troops and their Philippine allies put up a tenacious defense until six may 1942.
And the lack of -- -- finally fell.
The relationship between the American and Philippine people was forged in blood and perhaps no place better symbolizes that and this hallowed ground.
The American cemetery here in Manila.
As the final resting place for 171202.
US servicemen and Philippine scouts killed in World War II.
General Douglas MacArthur was one of the few who was state.
Ordered to Australia by president Roosevelt it took him three years to fulfill his most famous promise.
People of the Philippine.
I have return.
By September of 45 the Japanese were defeated.
A year later in recognition of the defense of freedom America granted the island nation full independence.
I'm being wrapped -- the United States of America.
I do here by -- recognized.
Of the Philippine.
Other it's daily -- just dobbs.
We have probably have the biggest support for a -- got in the whole world.
Gloria Arroyo's father -- -- -- served with the underground resistance during the Japanese occupation.
Gloria attended Georgetown university in the 1970s.
And in 2001.
She became president of the Philippines when you were a student at Georgetown -- could you -- ever imagine.
You'd be doing.
-- a student I didn't mind and I would be president if it'd been some days.
Even -- that time the -- -- -- the conditions were very supportive of me would be the death of the second -- war.
We've been together for the liability.
For the -- Vietnam.
And -- -- to get in the war against terrorism.
We know that.
Dating back as far as 1995.
Terrorists -- trained here.
Have been linked to al-Qaeda that here behind the walls of this Manila apartment.
Infamous pushing the plot took shape.
Ramzi Yousef who tried to destroy the World Trade Center in 1993.
And his -- the notorious Khalid Sheikh Mohamed.
Their play and use liquid explosives to blow up twelve American airliners over the Pacific.
We also plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul the second during his upcoming visit to Manila.
But six days before the Pope was to arrive this hideout caught fire and the police discovered the bomb factory.
Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohamed were tracked down and killed where they remain today but despite their apprehension.
Radical Islam it's taken -- In the Philippines the primary threat here is the Abu Sayyaf group and -- from our local and international terrorists.
Al-Qaeda is more than willing to provide.
Ammunition support financial resources.
Marine brigadier general John -- and oversees the US military's response to the war on terror in this remote and complex part of the world.
So -- succeeds.
Sort of at the apex of what we call it terrorist triangle which reaches.
South from Malaysia.
-- -- -- -- The thousands of islands in the Sulu archipelago -- spread over hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean.
In the southern Philippines the population is almost exclusively Muslim.
Quite the opposite from the north where most -- Christian groups like I would say after July is -- maintain these Muslim regions suffer from neglect.
They claim that they would run who created.
-- -- -- -- So these are not the people who are -- -- -- -- voting every race.
The leader of the Philippine military response to terror is armed forces chief of staff.
General more cities as her own and we are now we're suing them and we -- there.
-- the -- I would.
They have been cornered.
-- understand the unique challenge of fighting terror here war stories traveled to the lush tropical islands and -- New Hampshire native -- waited commands a special operations detached it's part of task force comet a combined US Filipino you.
We were allowed to reveal his identity on camera what's the mission of your -- Of this combined up.
Our job is with licenses Philippine forces here in the provinces and moved to the -- while and others we couldn't identify.
A lot of that is compiling of information and so that they can get good actionable intelligence that they can effectively.
-- -- -- The ASG or Abu Sayyaf group is one of the most ruthless Islamic terror organizations in the world.
The fight BA history task force -- conduct civil military operations.
Denying terrorists safe haven like earning goodwill with the people using military resources.
To conduct engineering projects civic action projects provide medical care projects that changed the conditions that give rise to terrorism one of the great case.
Contributions of support and you explosives that might cause -- had them viewers ages.
-- the infrastructure development there.
Major general Ruben Raphael this task force -- commanding officer that obstruction of -- We'll -- leagues and providing such good man.
It has greatly affected -- opening it fundamentally unconventional warfare is about using special operations special forces.
To solve or assistance solving complex political military and social economic problems.
That's what we -- here all to stop these radical Islamic groups hell bent on creating -- They -- extraordinarily.
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