URBAN WARFARE. The Philippine military exposes the shortcomings of the Philippine military in urban fighting. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler Marawi was a ‘setback’ for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon’s faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a ‘propaganda victory’ for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza
LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (May 23, 2018) — Recent developments in the jungles of Sulu are game changers that underscore the country’s continuing battle against armed groups linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) a year since they laid siege to Marawi City.
Continue reading War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege TARGET. The Starbucks coffee shop in Jakarta attacked by terrorists last week. File photo by Rappler Here are 4 reasons why last week’s attacks mark a significant development in the threat landscape of Southeast Asia
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 18, 2016) — I knew the neighborhood of last week’s Jakarta attacks well because for nearly 20 years, I worked in that building. That was “our” Starbucks.
Continue reading What we need to know on ISIS and Jakarta Attacks Image by Rappler.com In the age of ISIS and lone wolf attacks, is it even helpful to distinguish between what are ‘ISIS-directed’ and ‘ISIS-inspired’ activities?
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 13, 2016) — ISIS or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as IS, ISIL, or its loose Arabic acronym, Da’esch, is set to exploit homegrown conflicts in Southeast Asia,
Continue reading Experts warn PH Don’t underestimate ISIS Photo by Rappler.com New video released on January 4, 2016 shows consolidation of extremist groups pledging allegiance to ISIS in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 10, 2016) — The Islamic State in Syria & Iraq, also known as ISIS, IS, ISIL, or Da’esch, its loose arabic acronym, may soon declare a wilayat or province in the southern Philippines. If so, it would be the first recognized satellite extension of the caliphate in Southeast Asia.
Continue reading ISIS to declare a province in Mindanao