The Philippines, particularly Mindanao, is being eyed by ISIS terrorists as one other base for operations after their failure to set up a caliphate in Indonesia, a Singaporean analyst on safety affairs has stated.
The terror group’s growth started in 2014 when ISIS determined to transcend the borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Middle East and set their sight on Africa, the Caucasus and Asia, Dr. Rohan Gunaratna stated in a Skype interview throughout PTV-Four’s Countering Violent Extremism Forum Friday.
“The Philippines was selected because they (ISIS) could not establish a caliphate in Indonesia,” Gunaratna stated, including that ISIS additionally discovered in the Philippines native terrorist teams prepared to assist its extremism trigger.
These embrace Abu Sayyaf chief Isnilon Hapilon’s group in Basilan, Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan’s band in Sulu, the Ansar Khalifa Philippines in the Soccsksargen area, the Maute Group in Lanao del Sur, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, to title a number of.
With these new alliances, Gunaratna stated, the ISIS noticed a chance to create a brand new risk panorama in the southern Philippines.
When requested why the Maute Group, which is now locked in a battle with authorities forces after attacking Marawi City, determined to observe and indoctrinate its supporters with Wahhabism, the Singaporean safety analyst stated it is because its founders, Omar and Abdullah, each studied in the Middle East and introduced house this Middle Eastern sort of ideology.
Wahhabism is outlined as an ultra-conservative type of Islam that justifies punishments for individuals who don’t observe its teachings.
To counter this, Gunaratna stated the Philippines ought to keep its native custom of Islam, the one which espouses tolerance and peace that has existed in the nation for hundreds of years.