Back from Basilan
I apologize for disappearing for so long but I went over to Zamboanga and Basilan to interview some counterterrorism operators. As it happened, Abu Solaiman, an Abu Sayyaf commander who participated in the raid in Dos Palmas, Palawan raid to kidnap 21 persons including 3 Americans, was killed on my second day there. Solaiman's death underlined some of the things the cops had been saying about the Islamic insurgency in general. However, the Internet service in Zamboanga worked only intermittently and the only way to send messages was to send SMS text messages to people in places where things worked, with instructions to pass it on. But the trip was extremely interesting and a long piece based on it is scheduled to run in Pajamas Media.