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DEFEATS IN MIDDLE EAST DRIVING ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS TO PHILIPPINES (Reuters via J. Post)

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Feb. 20, 2018

“We cannot decisively win the war against extremism if we cannot win the peace in the halls of Congress.”

MANILA – Foreign Islamic State fighters forced out of Syria and Iraq have been arriving in the Philippines with the intent of recruiting, and they have plans to attack two Philippine towns, the head of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group said on Tuesday.

More than 1,100 people were killed last year when pro-Islamic State militants attacked and held the Philippine city of Marawi for five months, leading to massive destruction across the scenic lakeside town.

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