The New York Times: “How ISIS Got a Foothold in the Philippines”

For about two weeks now, dozens of Islamist militants have faced off against the Philippine armed forces in the city of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, where most of the Philippines’ Muslim minority lives. The pitched battle, which is unusually fierce even by the standards of this conflict-prone part of the country, indicates that the Islamic State is now also a Southeast Asian problem and that the Philippine government may be the region’s weak link in addressing it.

The New York Times How ISIS Got a Foothold in the Philippines https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/opinion/isis-philippines-rodrigo-duterte.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=1