A growing gang of Islamic State supporters is taking root in the Philippines

In a video released last week, members of at least three different insurgent groups from the Philippines pledged allegiance to the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “Allah is great!” the fighters in the video shouted in Arabic. “The Islamic State … is remaining!”

While the groups have all previously pledged allegiance to Baghdadi separately, their new level of cooperation has led to new concerns. “In the Philippines, the next step ISIS is likely to take is the proclamation of wilayat Mindanao,” Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert at the International Center for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore told local news site Rappler, referring to the designation the Islamic State gives to its provinces.

  • The Butterfly

    If only America would stop supporting Israel and giving them arms this never would have happened in the Philippines.

  • Exile1981

    I was talking to a lady from the Philippines and it’s the possibility that her birth country is about to become a war zone and islamic shit hole that was why she immigrated with her kid to Canada.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Filipino Christians are much more religious than their European coreligionists and will not go quietly. They were ready to give its Muslim areas (about 5% of their population) a large measure of autonomy, but that may change if Muslims cross the lines in hostility.

    • mobuyus

      The stench of islam wafts far afield.

    • Alain

      It is always the same all over the world. The moment Islam gets its foot inside the door, the Muslim population is always a ticking time bomb. No matter how seemingly peaceful they were, it is only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose. Islam remains a deadly virus. It may lie dormant or even go into remission for a period of time, but sooner or later it comes to life.