Abu Sayyaf

Family Ties and New Recruits: Abu Sayyaf Proves Hard to Dislodge in the Philippines

Military honors bestowed on 15 AFP soldiers killed in combat against Abu Sayyaf in 2016, public domain, ROBINSON NIÑAL/PPD, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_15_gallant_soldiers_killed_in_combat_with_the_Abu_Sayyaf_in_Sulu_are_given_full_military_honors.jpg

It was hoped the defeat of Abu Sayyaf and their Maute allies in Marawi in October 2017 would extinguish the threat of Islamist militancy in the Philippines. Three years later, ISIS-affiliated groups remain active.

Assessing President Duterte’s Controversial New Anti-Terror Law

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The president’s supporters maintain the law is necessary for combating terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf. Detractors worry that it could further chip away at the foundation of the Philippines’ democratic character.

In the Southern Philippines, Delays to Rebuilding Marawi Threaten a Fragile Peace

Officials visit the Main Battle Area in Marawi, cc Philippine Information Agency, modfied, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=marawi&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=2n7ygrhzxiej9o2zrc9ig7gka#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3AMarawi_Ground_Zero.jpg

The longer Marawi is left in ruins, the higher the chance that history could repeat itself.

Global Forecast (01-28-2019)


ISIS claims responsibility in the latest Philippines bombing, Trump’s coal renaissance crumbles in the United States, and a generous pre-election budget expected in India.

Is Abu Sayyaf Making a Comeback in the Philippines?

Philippine Army Pfc. Alex Jatass, center, waits to start helicopter insert and extract training with U.S. soldiers on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, April 29, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Pete Thibodeau , modified, public domain

Do recent attacks from Abu Sayyaf indicate a resurgent campaign, or are they a desperate cry for attention as the once-powerful militant group fades into irrelevance?

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