ISIS in Southeast Asia: Philippines battles growing threat

Source: CNN

An ISIS fighter erects the flag of the so-called Islamic State atop a school near a mosque in Marawi, southern  Philippines on May 24, 2017.

The black flag of ISIS has been raised in the Philippines. At least 103 people have died in the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao in less than a week as fighters affiliated with the so-called Islamic State engaged in violent clashes with government forces, and martial law was declared over the entire island.

Local resident Chico Usman said the militants had entered the predominantly Muslim city of some 200,000 suddenly, on the afternoon of May 24, wearing masks and carrying assault rifles. “Everybody was shocked and ran into their houses,” he said, adding they could hear gunfire and fighting until the following morning.

Categories: Asia, Philippines

1 reply

  1. ISIS always likes to claim ‘success’ stories (according to them!). Actually this rebellion has occurred from time to time in the Philippines before ISIS even existed. In other words ISIS or no ISIS the problem was / is there. Yes, just deal with it

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