Islamic State threat in Southeast Asia raises alarm in Washington

WASHINGTON — Southeast Asia’s jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different battle closer to home in the southern Philippines. It’s a scenario raising significant alarm in Washington.

The recent assault by ISIS-aligned fighters on the Philippine city of Marawi has left more than 300 people dead, exposing the shortcomings of local security forces and the extremist group’s spreading reach in a region where counterterrorism gains are coming undone.

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  • Morticiaa

    This has been a hot spot for Islamic terrorism for almost a decade now
    Lots of incidents
    Many hundreds and hundreds murdered by Islamic extremists
    Christians unsafe in this southern region of Philippines for ages
    World ignored it like all the rest of the places