Topic: Sulu Province
A peace agreement, to be signed later this month, will give the Muslim minority in the Philippines an autonomous region in the south. The agreement is significant after 40 years of conflict, and 15 years of periodic negotiations with Muslim rebels.
Phillipines Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group may be stepping up its attacks.
They died in a roadside bombing possibly planned by Al Qaeda-linked group Abu Sayyaf. The incident has added to concerns that US troops may be entering into combat, which would violate their rules of engagement.