December 5, 2012

Terrorist Profile: Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato

Special thanks to one of my Filipino friends for putting this profile together for us -Jack

Commander Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato


  • 67-72 years old. (Cant find a definite DOB. Some sources say 1939-1945)
  • Studied Islamic theology in Saudi Arabia (Medina university and Riyadh Islamic university)
  • Taught in Arabic schools (madrasahs) in Mindanao area.
  • Lectured Shariah law
  • Provided muslim workers to Middle East via recruitment services.
  • Known to be very strict in following Sharia law and non-compromising extremism when interpreting Islamic laws.
  • P10,000,000 bounty (roughly $240,000).

Kumander Kato joined the MILF around 1993. With the help of his friend, Ustadz Shamir Salamat, the brother of late Hashim Salamat (founder of the MILF). Kato was first given the task to be part of the Elite guards surrounding Hashim Salamat (due to his vast Islamic knowledge and education) but Kato persistently requested to be part of the action and was later tasked to command the MILF 105th Brigade – 105th Base Company. Commanding 200 MILF troops, Kato quickly rose to the ranks and gained the loyalty, respect of his men and fellow commanders. Commander Kato has been linked with JI (Abdul Usman Basit – hunted by the US) and ASG and most likely has active connections with other international terrorists espousing the ideas of having a pan -islamic state. Links of Kato with Basit :

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About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • Surf375

    @JHR  @Recon6    "What would have happened if someone had intervened in Syria at the stage of conflict we are seeing in this situation?"   There's a good back and forth in the Mali article, JHR, can you elaborate on this thought. Thanks!

  • Surf375

    @JHR     LOL, JHR, you complete me! As for polar opposite, don't think we're necessarily at odds, true we agree Mr. Kato's bad, I just have faith those getting a better deal from us and the PI gov't can handle him just fine. My issue is on our approach overall and for the long haul. Good stuff, re above.

  • Recon6

    @JHR You will be there too!  You've got 6 months to prepare....6

  • JHR

    @Recon6 Heh 6! I dig you guys. And AW is One Arctic Cat:-) Meaning Cool Dude. He gets me to yap, when others can't. Have fun at Summer Parte:-) J

  • Recon6

    @JHR And You J, are a big reason I come here.  The commentary between you and my bud AW, keeps me glued to my keyboard searching for add'l Intel, lol.  I have gained so much Weight since joining REP, gotta lose prior to the Summer Party....6