11 Mar 2019

How ISIS Is Rising in the Philippines as It Dwindles in the Middle East

While Islamic State is on the verge of losing its last remaining stronghold in Syria, the terror group is on the rise in the Philippines. ISIS began actively recruiting members in the Philippines in 2016. After initial successes on the Mindanao island in the south, the national army defeated the

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01 Mar 2019

Pompeo assures Philippines of U.S. protection in event of sea conflict

Chinese aggression in the South China Sea directed at the Philippines would result in a military response from the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a Friday press conference in Manila. Pompeo warned the US ally that “China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your

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28 Jan 2019

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Philippine Church Attack That Killed at Least 20

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a Catholic Church in the Philippines. Two bombs killed at least 20 people, one detonated inside the Church during celebration of the Sunday Mass while another was detonated outside as first responders arrived on the scene. Jolo, the city where the

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04 Nov 2018

A Year After Marawi, What’s Left of ISIS in the Philippines?

It has been a year since the five-month-long takeover and siege in the Philippine city of Marawi by ISIS-aligned terrorist organizations ended. While news coverage of the event has largely ended, what has been the impact of the siege on the city? How has it impacted national politics? What has

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26 Oct 2018

Philippines’ Duterte sacks all top customs officials over drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired all top Customs Bureau officials, citing their failure to intercept a massive shipment of drugs. The previous bureau head was also removed in May of 2017 for the same occurrence. The new Customs head is a retired army general who will fill the position

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06 Sep 2018

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

While little research on the subject is available, open-source research suggests a number of important demographic developments in terrorism across the Southeast Asian region. Understanding these demographics is essential, as they can provide insight into how to combat terrorist efforts in a given geography, from recruitment to operations. In Southeast

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27 Aug 2018

North Korea’s state paper claims US is plotting to ‘unleash war’

“North Korean state media has accused the US of plotting to ‘unleash war’ on the country while continuing to negotiate ‘with a smile on its face.’ Sunday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea, called out ‘extremely provocative and dangerous’ US military movements in

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23 Aug 2018

Duterte points new war threat at China

Citing Chinese exploitation of resources in areas of the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines, Philippine President Duterte  threatened war with China. “If you monopolize [the oil], there will be trouble…that’s where we’re going to have differences. That’s where you’ll see [Interior Secretary Eduardo] Ano bring a machete there

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12 Jul 2018

Sri Lanka seeks to “replicate the success” of the ongoing drug war in the Philippines

4 local government officials have been killed in the Philippines in one week, raising the number of mayors and vice-mayors killed during Philippine’s war on drugs to 16. The death toll among citizens has surpassed 12,000 since the campaign began in mid-2016, according to Human Rights Watch. Recently, the Sri-Lanka

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13 Apr 2010

12 dead as Muslim militants attack Philippine city

“Muslim militants disguised as policemen and soldiers detonated bombs and opened fire Tuesday in a series of coordinated attacks in a southern Philippine city, triggering clashes that killed at least 12 people. About 25 Abu Sayyaf militants were involved in the attacks in Isabela city on the island province of

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