“Go There and You Are Free to Kill Everybody”

On October 21, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports, By ,, , With Comments Off on “Go There and You Are Free to Kill Everybody”

By: Jacob Crandall Photo Credit: Controversial Police Chief Jovie Espenido  https://www.cnnphilippines.com/regional/2019/10/17/jovie-espenido-bacolod-.html 30 years ago, the Filipino city of Davao was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Between communist groups, Muslim separatists, and local corruption, Davao had a 3-digit crime rate per 10,000 people. Asia Week branded Davao…

ISIS in the Philippines (Part III – Conclusion)

On July 20, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports, By ,, , With 1 Comment

By: Jeff Bates See Part I Here See Part II Here Image of a Marine training Philippine soldiers in urban warfare. (2017. PH, US Marines hold joint urban warfare training amid Marawi offensives). Sustainability of a Caliphate It is debatable whether the newly created caliphate would survive economically in the…

ISIS in the Philippines (Part II)

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By: Jeff Bates See Part I here Beginning of ISIS in the Philippines Starting in 2016, ISIS’s leadership encouraged Muslims to start an Islamic State in Southeast Asia. Volunteers came from distant countries including Chechnya, Somalia, and Yemen (Beech, Hannah; Gutierrez, Jason. 2019). In 2017, militants loyal to ISIS took…