Duterte tightens the screws on Mindanao extremists

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out JUN ENDO and TAKASHI NAKANO MANILA/SINGAPORE As the Philippine military enters the final stretch of its mission to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamist rebels, the challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte is to prevent the violence from spilling beyond the southern island of Mindanao. […]

Esscom on alert as Philippine military makes final push in Marawi city

Zam Yusa The heavy offensive by Philippine security forces that includes airstrikes raises the possibility that militants will flee to the east coast of Sabah. KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) will remain on alert against the heightened risk of militants fleeing to the state as Philippine forces step up efforts to capture […]

Philippine troops retake most of Marawi

Fighting now limited to 2 villages amid reports terror group’s leader killed By Hader Glang ZAMBOANGA CITY The fight against the Daesh-linked Maute group in Marawi is down to just two villages as the offensive entered its 71st day, the military said Tuesday. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the military is working to […]

Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

By Noel Tarrazona As fighting between terrorists and government forces in Mindanao continues, the Philippine government has rolled out countermeasures to prevent the escape of members of the ISIS-inspired Maute group via maritime routes. Manila has announced two major maritime security initiatives to prevent ISIS-inspired militants from fleeing to neighboring islands near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders. Making its first move, the Philippine […]

Philippines Coast Guard in the Spotlight Amid Islamic State Terror Threat

The crisis has further increased the focus on the institution within Philippine security. By Prashanth Parameswaran The recent siege by Islamic State-linked militants in the southern Philippine city in Marawi is just the latest sign of what some regional observers, myself included, have long warned about: the growing threat of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia […]

Abu Sayyaf leader’s escape from Marawi unverified – AFP

By: Allan Nawal MARAWI CITY – The military said it has received reports that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon might have already escaped from the city but made it clear that none of these reports had been verified yet. “Yes we have received reports pertaining to this issue, of the possible escape of (Isnilon) Hapilon but […]

29 'Abu Sayyaf bandits' arrested in Sulu

By BONG GARCIA TWENTY-NINE suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested in a raid in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military official announced Wednesday. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said the suspects were arrested around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Bangkal, Patikul […]

Somalia: Suicide car bomber targets Mogadishu restaurant

A combined suicide bomb and gun attack at two restaurants in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least 20 people. The attack started on Wednesday evening as Muslims were breaking their daily fast during Ramadan. A Syrian chef at the Pizza House restaurant, a modern venue popular with young Somalis, was among the victims. Militants […]