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MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A major battle was under way Friday against the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said.

Arroyo prefaced a major policy speech on the utility sector with a brief statement that troops were going after the group's top two remaining leaders and already had overrun four Abu Sayyaf camps.