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‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups

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WADING INTO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a government police officer along with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF-back) wading through a flooded farm on their way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/ AFP

Fighting in Mindanao and extreme weather events combine to make a ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ in the Philippines, says Thibault Henry of the charity Acted

PARIS, France (Aug. 24, 2017) — Fighting in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a “humanitarian catastrophe”, French aid groups said Wednesday. Continue reading ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups

Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict

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FLEEING THE FIGHTING. A mother and her baby rest at an evacuation center at the Buru-on Barangay Hall in Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao on June 15, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Over 4 million Filipinos have been displaced in Mindanao alone since 2000, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 11, 2017) — Apart from natural disasters and hazards, frequent conflicts in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, force residents to seek refuge in evacuation centers. Continue reading Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict

MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy

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THE MAUTES. From left to right: Cayamora, Farhana, Omar, Abdullah Maute.

The mountainous town of Butig is host to an MILF camp where its founding leader Hashim Salamat is buried. It’s also where the ISIS-linked Maute Group trained its fighters before they targeted Marawi

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — It took 17 years of negotiations before the government and Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed in 2014 a peace agreement that envisioned to address the roots of rebellion in Mindanao. Continue reading MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy

Duterte: MILF not inclined to intervene in Marawi

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MILF’S ROLE. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the Eid’l Fitr celebration at the Palace. Malacañang file photo

With MILF intervention unlikely, President Rodrigo Duterte says the only way the Marawi crisis will end is if ‘the last terrorist is taken out’

PAMPANGA, Philippines (Jun. 29, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte said that based on his talks with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leaders, the group is not willing to talk to terrorists in Marawi City in order to end the siege there. Continue reading Duterte: MILF not inclined to intervene in Marawi

Duterte accepts Misuari’s offer of MNLF fighters vs Maute

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TROOPS IN SULU. President Rodrigo Duterte tells Joint Task Force Sulu of his offer to Muslim separatists and communist rebels to join the military. Malacañang photo

President Rodrigo Duterte also says MNLF, MILF, and NPA rebels can become soldiers, complete with salaries and housing benefits

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte accepted Nur Misuari’s offer to provide Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters to help the government’s fight against local criminal and terror groups in Marawi City. Continue reading Duterte accepts Misuari’s offer of MNLF fighters vs Maute

MILF warns ISIS seeking foothold in Mindanao

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ISIS IN PH? Malacanang says there are no verified reports that ISIS is supporting local terror groups in the Philippines.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim says ISIS seeks to capitalize on growing frustration over the breakdown of efforts to end a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion in Mindanao

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Mar. 7, 2016) — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, IS, ISIL, or Da’esch) group is trying to establish a stronghold in the violence-racked southern Philippines, the head of the nation’s biggest Muslim rebel organization warned Monday, March 7.

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ISIS-inspired militants on offensive in southern Philippines

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ISIS SUPPORTERS. ISIS-inspired Philippine militants show their support for the group.
The influence of ISIS in the Philippines is ‘growing stronger and expanding,’ say analysts

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 3, 2016) — Militants fighting in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, IS, ISIL, or Da’esch) group are escalating attacks in the southern Philippines, analysts said, deepening fears for the volatile region after its main Muslim rebel group failed to seal a peace pact.

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3 soldiers wounded, 3 Muslim rebels dead in Maguindanao fighting

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The fierce gun battle occurred simultaneously in the villages of Butilen, Andabit, and Tee, the military says

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Feb. 7, 2016) — Three government security forces were wounded as they clashed Saturday, February 6, with an undetermined number of fighters of a breakaway group of Continue reading 3 soldiers wounded, 3 Muslim rebels dead in Maguindanao fighting

ISIS recruiting in Central Mindanao, says MILF

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BLACK FLAG. Filipinos carry the black flag in the southern Philippines. Sourced by Rappler
The MILF says some students and young professionals are encouraged to join ISIS out of frustration

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Jan. 26, 2016) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said Tuesday, January 26, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (also known as ISIS, IS, ISIL or Da’esch) is indeed recruiting members in at least 3 provinces in Central Mindanao.

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Civilians take up arms vs ISIS and BIFF in Mindanao

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RED GOD’S SOLDIERS. Members of armed Christian group Red God’s Solders set on fire a flag of ISIS during a gathering Tuesday, January 19, 2016 somewhere in Central Mindanao mountains. Photo by Jef Maitem.
In a gathering somewhere in the mountains of Central Mindanao, Brother Asiong, spokesman for Red God’s Soldiers, leads over 300 men in burning the ISIS flag

CENTRAL MINDANAO, Philippines (Jan. 19, 2016) — Members of an armed Christian group here burned a flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday, January 19, to show their opposition to attacks by ISIS-inspired organizations against civilians and the reported plan of the terror group to set up its own province in the region.

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