Donald Trump sends 5000 troops to fight Abu Sayyaf

In his first presidential address to Congress, President Donald Trump assured the Philippines that he is ordering 5000 troops to join in the fight against rebel group Abu Sayyaf.

“Terrorism has no place in this world today and the Philippines should be assured that I’m ordering 5000 troops to join in the fight against Abu Sayyaf” – Trump said.

Trump’s comments come after the terrorist group beheaded a German national in the base in the Philippines after demanding a ransom of over $600,000.

Abu Sayyaf has earned many millions of dollars in ransom payments and rarely releases a hostage unless money is paid. Relatives and employers of hostages typically pay, rather than governments.

Two Canadian men were beheaded by the group last year and a Norwegian man was released.

Duterte also repeated his request for China to help patrol regional waters to stop more kidnappings, saying Beijing had not given him a response.

Duterte specified he would like China to patrol the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes between the Malaysian peninsula and Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Abu Sayyaf emerged in the early 1990s as an offshoot of a separatist rebellion by minority Moro Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation’s south.