Philippines adopts strategy against violent extremism

Asia Pacific Jul 21, 2019

Philippines adopts strategy against violent extremism

The Philippines has officially adopted a strategy to prevent and counter violent extremism as officials seek to avoid a repeat of one of the country's most prominent acts of terrorism in recent history, the May 2017 siege of Marawi City by pro-Islamic State fighters. Philippine ...

Duterte proposed deal to end Marawi siege, then backed out

Asia Pacific Jul 6, 2017

Duterte proposed deal to end Marawi siege, then backed out

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was preparing to make a deal with Islamic State-inspired militants in the days after they laid siege to a southern city, but aborted the plan without explanation, an intermediary involved in the process said. Agakhan Sharief, a prominent Muslim leader, said ...

Marawi's Islamic militants dug in, prepared for long siege

Asia Pacific Jun 6, 2017

Marawi's Islamic militants dug in, prepared for long siege

Islamist militants who seized the Philippine town of Marawi two weeks ago have stockpiled weapons and food in mosques, tunnels and basements to prepare for a long siege, officials said on Monday. Among the several hundred militants linked to the Islamic State group are fighters ...