This paper will provide an analysis of the Southeast Asian terror group Abu Sayyaf with a brief comparison to Jemaah Islamiyah. The Abu Sayyaf Group perpetrated a record high number of attacks in 2013 despite the Philippine Government’s Internal Peace and Security Plan being implemented in 2011.
The ASG has withstood many operations and has proven itself to be quite resilient. More dynamic approaches are required to suppress this group. The operational capabilities of Jemaah Islamiyah have considerably diminished with minimal attacks over the past lustrum and no recorded attacks in 2013. Some components of JI remain however, and the increasing influence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria complicates matters.
The ASG and JI’s similarities and differences will be assessed including their ideology, tactics, and modus operandi. Government responses and their effectiveness will also be evaluated in addition to an assessment of the fragility of Indonesia.