Philippine Muslim Group’s Violent Streak Raises Specter of New War

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — The Philippines, still recovering from battles last year against a group of Islamic State-inspired, anti-government Muslim rebels, is confronting a rise in violence by another band from the same region and with a similar ideology.

A new conflict would prolong decades of struggles between Muslim separatists and the Philippine government.

Muslim militants on the southern island Mindanao believe the majority Catholic country has taken an unfair share of resources despite five centuries of Muslim settlement. Rebel-linked violence has killed about 120,000 people in Mindanao since the 1960s.

  • BillyHW

    Let me guess, because Donald Trump moved the embassy?

    • xavier

      Nope because the Filipinos aren’t paying the jizya and have the effontery to fight the Moslem to the death. And the Filipinos don’t suck up to them either

      • Maurice Miner

        So true – a proper Filipino will fight to the death to preserve their children’s future!

  • Blacksmith

    So 120000 have died as a result of the pisslamist since the 60’s, I say make that the starting point, kill 120000 pisslamist.

  • Watchman

    I used to know in the late 1980s a Phillipino colonel who had been fighting the Muslim insurgency in the Southern Phillipines for many years even then. Nice gentleman, who said he was on four helicopters that had to crash land due to enemy action or mechanical failures while fighting Muslim insurgents. The insurgency has been going on for 400 years and the counter-insurgency warfare by American troops is responsible for the US Army adopting the .45” Colt model 1911 pistol as it’s standard sidearm because of its stopping power.

  • Tooth&Claw

    I think it’s clear to most of us that Islam is either wiped out, or non believers will be.