U.S. President George W. Bush commended Philippines President Gloria Arroyo for a crackdown on the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Abu Sayyaf, the White House said.
Bush telephoned Arroyo "this morning to thank her for the strong support in the global war on terror," said U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe. "The president commended President Arroyo for their recent action against the Abu Sayyaf group," said Johndroe.
Philippine special forces vowed Friday to hunt down remaining leaders of Abu Sayyaf after the deaths of its two top commanders, with a key commander vowing to "neutralize them, finish them off."
The Philippine military scored a major victory in killing chief planner Abu Solaiman this month and then confirming through DNA tests that leader Khadaffy Janjalani died in a clash with troops four months ago.