‘Islamic State’ masterplan for base in Philippines ‘not being taken seriously’

After last week’s release of video footage purporting to show several Philippine Islamist factions pledging their allegiance to the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group, one terrorism expert predicts the Middle East-based network is close to declaring their first satellite province in Southeast Asia.

Dr Rohan Gunaratna, who heads of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, said ‘IS’ intends to “enforce its strict laws and code of conduct” in the southern Sulu archipelago, where the majority of the Philippines’ roughly six million-strong Muslim population lives.

  • Exile1981

    So all the muslim terrorists supporting ISIS are sll self isolating themselves on a single small island? I’d call that a legitimate military target.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      It’s a chain of small islands to the WSW of Mindanao on which very few Christians live.