Philippine Talks Stumble

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Peace talks have finally resumed between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines, but negotiations appear shaky amid escalating tensions after the latest round of deadly fighting forced thousands to flee their homes.

Angering the military is a decision by the MILF not to hand over fugitive commander Dan Laksaw Asnawi, accused of beheading at least 10 Filipino Marines in 2007 and sparking last month’s clash in Basilan that left 19 soldiers dead. Read more in The Diplomat.

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