In Southeast Asia, we have an enemy capable of conducting multiple attacks across locations separated by ocean water. This enemy is cooperative, spanning numerous networks and tied to al Qaeda. The terrorists operate in a predominantly maritime environment, near the transit point for a quarter of the world's seaborne shipping. Their targets include local and foreign civilians, soldiers, embassies, and U.S. warships.
A Cooperative Enemy
At approximately 1930 hours on 14 February 2005. Angelo Trinidad stepped onto an air-conditioned bus in Manila and took a seat in the rear. Following a short ride to the business district, he got off at a busy interchange and walked casually away. Trinidad then pulled out his cell phone and detonated a 3 kilogram bomb that he'd left in the back of the bus.