The Philippine Islands is now a target of ISIS expansion and aggression. In the Southern Philippine Islands there is a movement to connect with and act for ISIS. There have been a number of jihadist brigades that have arisen to pledge loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph. This movement cannot be allowed to flourish. It is a major problem for the Philippine government. The United States has a vested interest in this area as well.
As Written By Charlie Winter at War on the Rocks:
In last week’s issue of al-Naba’, the Islamic State’s weekly newspaper, an articleclaimed that “soldiers of the Caliphate” in the southern Philippines had killed around 300 members of the “Crusader Filipino Army” in the last few weeks, and forced around 2,000 others to retreat. It went on to report that a number of new jihadist brigades in the archipelago state had joined their brethren in pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph. This came on the back of a video that was released two days earlier by the organization’s Barakah Province Media Office in Syria, in which Filipino immigrants – children and adults – were filmed burning their passports alongside fighters from Malaysia and Indonesia.
While the claims in the article should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt, given its provenance, these reports are the latest in a series of events that point towards increasing coordination, cooperation, and cohesion between jihadists in South East Asia and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. According to media reports, which were only last year speaking of the region as the organization’s new breeding ground, the southern Philippines is now so at risk from jihadist terrorism that, in some areas, tourists are being asked to sign waivers before going to the beach…….
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