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- A DNA test confirms the Special Action Force killed Malaysian terrorist Marwan.
- The blame game is on between the chiefs of the Philippine military and the Special Action Force over the Mamasapano carnage.
- And, Jordan executes 2 jihadists to avenge a fighter pilot burned alive by ISIS.
SACKED SAF CHIEF: MILITARY KNEW COPS' LOCATION IN MAMASAPANO
Sacked Special Action Forces or SAF chief Getulio Napeñas on Wednesday speaks up about the operations in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that cost the lives of 44 of his men.
Napeñas belies the claim of Armed Forces or AFP chief Gregorio Catapang who says the SAF could not identify their exact coordinates when asking for artillery support.
He says he himself sent acting Philippine National Police or PNP Chief Leonardo Espina and the Philippine Army’s General Rustico Guerrero the exact grid coordinates.
But the SAF chief says, "It is not my words against the words of AFP Chief General Catapang."
Espina denies the AFP and PNP are trying to outdo each other.
He says there was no coordination between the two forces but asks to wait for the probe to fully determine what happened.
Napenas also says he did not inform the police hierarchy of a high-level police operation early enough under the orders of suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima.
He also explains why Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was kept in the dark...
saying he was merely "following the chain of command."
He also denies he directly coordinated with President Benigno Aquino during the operation.
DNA TEST CONFIRMS PNP-SAF KILLED MARWAN
A DNA test confirms the Special Action Force killed top terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir or "Marwan.”
The hunt for Marwan ended in the tragic death of 44 elite cops who were killed by Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
A US-educated engineer, Marwan is a bomb-making specialist and ranking member of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah... who fled to the Philippines in 2003 to evade a regional crackdown.
JORDAN EXECUTES JIHADISTS IN RESPONSE TO PILOT MURDER
Jordan executes two death-row jihadists early Wednesday after vowing an "earth-shattering" response to avenge the burning of one of its fighter pilots by terrorist group ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Would-be Iraqi suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and Al-Qaeda member Ziad al-Karboli were hanged at 4 am in Jordan or 10 am Manila time.
The execution is in response to ISIS’ murder of Maaz al-Kassasbeh who was captured when his plane went down in Syria in December.
ISIS offered to spare Kassasbeh's life and free Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if she were released.
An online video shows Kassasbeh engulfed in flames the most brutal yet in a series of gruesome recorded killings of hostages by ISIS.
AT LEAST 11 FEARED DEAD, MANY TRAPPED IN WRECKAGE OF TAIWAN PLANE
A low-flying passenger plane with 58 people on board plunges into a river outside Taiwan's capital Wednesday.
At least 11 are feared dead.
It is the second crash involving a TransAsia Airways plane within a year after one of its jets crashed in July during a storm, killing 48 people.
Video taken of the crash shows the turboprop plane hitting the road bridge as it banked side-long towards the water.
Aviation officials say the plane crashed minutes after taking off after losing contact with the control tower.
POPE FRANCIS TO HOST GOOGLE HANGOUT FOR KIDS
Pope Francis hosts a digital hangout this week with children from Brazil, India, Spain and the U.S.
The papal dialogue on Google Hangouts will take place on Thursday 11 pm, Manila time.
Google says, "The kids will share a glimpse into their lives and talk about their dreams with Pope Francis – and the world.”
The Hangouts are held in partnership with Scholas Occurrentes, an independent organization aiming to unite schools worldwide in a global network for peace.
BRITAIN AUTHORIZES 'THREE-PARENT' BABIES
Britain becomes the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people.
Dubbed “three-parent” babies, babies born from the controversial procedure will have “healthier” genetic material introduced into the embryo from a woman donor.
Scientists say this could reduce the chances for inherited diseases to pass on from mother to child.
Critics, however, say it opens up the possibility for “designer babies” in the future.
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