A country in southeast Asia is one of the new targets for ISIS to establish caliphates. The country is fighting back.
With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) losing territory in its so-called “caliphate” in the Middle East, some offshoots of the terror group are turning their eyes to the Philippines.
Multiple media outlets reported over the weekend that the Philippines military is fighting a sudden influx of fighters affiliated with ISIS in the city of Marawi. Marawi is located on Mindanao, a southern island of the Philippines.
CNN reported on Tuesday morning:
The Philippines military is conducting air strikes as it fights to regain full control of Marawi, a city on the southern island of Mindanao that was overrun by ISIS affiliated fighters last week.
More than a hundred people have died and 70,000 have fled the town of 200,000 since fighters from the Maute Islamist militant group entered the city, and clashed with military and police.
In an earlier special report, CNN reported that ISIS may declare a “wilayah – or state – of the caliphate” in the Philippines. The terror group has already done so in Libya and in Saudi Arabia.
ISIS is seeking new territory to claim as its prior stronghold of Mosul, Iraq falls to Iraqi military forces. ISIS also claimed responsibility for last week’s terror attack at a concert in Manchester, England.
President Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte recently spoke by phone, but ISIS was not a subject of discussion, according to an official transcript.
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