In the absence of a multilateral approach targeting transnational factors destabilizing the Sahel, even the best military intelligence won’t be enough to stem the tide of extremism.
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.
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.
Background on the worsening clashes between Al Qaeda and Islamic State’s regional affiliates in the Sahel.
The longer Marawi is left in ruins, the higher the chance that history could repeat itself.
ISIS-K wants to undermine any Afghan peace prospects. To achieve this, ISIS-K relies on a strategy of intimidation and division.
Is Islamic State a spent force or a globe-spanning “al-Qaeda on steroids”?
After a lull, could Islamic State rebound in the Philippines?
ISIS has been trumpeting its growing presence in South Asia after the fall of its Middle East ‘caliphate.’ But is this just a case of empty propaganda?
Tracing the rise of Islamic States Af-Pak affiliate, Wilayat Khorasan.