ISIS Affiliated Group Has 80% Of A City Under Control…In The Philippines

ISIS is currently furthering their desires to establish a Caliphate.  They’re conducting mass executions and have over 80% control of a sizable city. No, we’re not talking about Aleppo. We’re not talking about Mosul. This isn’t in Syria or Iraq. We are talking about the Philippines. ISIS is currently in the midst of completely occupying Marawi City, which is located in the southern portion of the country. It is situated in the western portion of the Island of Mindanao. Islamic militant groups are taking hostages in hospitals, burning churches, and occupying a college. They’ve since burned much of that college to the ground. They’ve raised ISIS black flags over the hospitals in the city. It was also reported that they’ve beheaded the Local Police Chief:

(From Today News)

“The chief of police in Malabang on his way home, going back he was stopped by a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right then and there,” Mr Duterte said as he justified imposing martial law to combat the militants. The militants who triggered the martial law are also threatening to kill a priest and other hostages, the Catholic Church said Wednesday.

They’ve even taken a Catholic priest and 13 parishioners and parish employee’s hostage after attacking a church, despite a blackout in the city of Marawi in which the church was located:

(From Hot Air)

Muslim extremists abducted a Catholic priest and more than a dozen churchgoers while laying siege to a southern Philippine city overnight, burning buildings, ambushing soldiers and hoisting flags of the Islamic State group, officials said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern third of the nation and warned he would enforce it harshly. The violence erupted Tuesday night after the army raided the hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, an Abu Sayyaf commander who is on Washington’s list of most-wanted terrorists with a reward of up to $5 million for his capture. The militants called for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute, and some 50 gunmen managed to enter the city of Marawi. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Pena said the militants forced their way into the Marawi Cathedral and seized a priest, 10 worshippers and three church workers.

The initial siege began as a raid conducted by the Philippine Military and Police. The Raid was on a facility that housed the leader of Abu Sayyaf group, Isnilon Hapilon. He was hiding out in this facility, along with a massive terror cell.

(From Inquirer.net)

“Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año said Hapilon, who is still recovering from wounds sustained in a military airstrike in January, and more than a dozen of his men summoned reinforcements from their allies in the Maute militant group. Ano said nearly 50 gunmen in all managed to enter the city.”

“One group of about 20 gunmen took position in a hospital, where they raised a black Islamic State group-style flag at the gate, and 10 other militants went near a provincial jail where troops and policemen engaged them in fighting, he said”

 

The group beheaded anyone who could not prove that they were Muslim. They also liberated a Jail, freeing many inmates. Many churches have also been burned during this siege. A similar siege occurred in November of 2016, to which the militants were unsuccessful.

It has long been reported that ISIS has a training base camp in the Philippines (which was covered in a previous Adrian Slade Show Podcast)

(From the UK Daily Mail)

The Philippines has become the latest ISIS target for expansion after the jihadi group released its first propaganda video of a terror training camp in the Filipino jungle. Several jihadi commanders are shown urging Filipinos to travel to Syria to join ISIS before revealing the group have already started their own terror camp in the Philippines. A small group of recruits, each wearing similar black clothing and masks, are shown climbing up rope ladders, crawling under barbed wire and practicing with weapons.  The Filipino government has long said that support for ISIS in the Philippines was limited to local bandits claiming allegiance to the group. The bandits were from Ansar al-Khalifa, a small group that declared its support for ISIS in a video circulated on the Internet last year, regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan said.  The larger Abu Sayyaf group has also pledged its allegiance to ISIS and is holding at least four foreign nationals hostages. The group is demanding millions of dollars in ransom for their safe release and have released several videos threatening them with execution. Tan told AFP that five black flags similar to those used by Islamic State fighters were recovered from the bandits after the clash. Criminal gangs operate kidnap for ransom and extortion activities alongside Muslim and communist separatist campaigns in the restive south.

 

There are a few groups involved in this current siege, with a history longer than you would have expected. The first group identified is called Maute, which is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, and has reportedly received support from ISIS. The Maute Group is a radical Islamist group, made up of former Moro National Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas. Led by Abdullah Maute, the group is based in Lanao Del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines. They are said to be affiliated with Jemaah Islamiya, a Southeast Asian Islamist terrorist group. Jemmah Islamiya (meaning “Islamic Congregation”) has cells in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Its roots are in Darul Islam (DI, meaning “House of Islam”), a radical Islamist/anti-colonialist movement in Indonesia in the 1940s. It was established as a collective group of Islamic groups. In 1969, three members of the group, Abu Bakar Bashir, Abdullah Sungkarand Shahrul Nizam ‘PD’ began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement. These individuals founded Jemmah Islamiya on January 1, 1993.

The other group is Abu Sayyaf. The group was formed in 1991. The name of the group translates to “Father of Swordsmith”. They follow the Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam. They’ve also stemmed from the Moro Islamic Liberation, who have been fighting for an independent province in The Philippines for more than four decades.  Among the executions, rapes, kidnappings they’ve engaged in, they are also a leader of drug trafficking within that country.

The Moro National Islamic Liberation (MNLF) was the foundation of all of these terror cells. Formed in the early 1970’s, they were the main Muslim Rebel Group fighting in Basilan and Mindanao. Abdurajik Abubakar, its founder, was a teacher from Basilan (who later studied Islamic theology in Libya, Syria, and Saudi Arabia in the 1980’s), died in 1998. He went to Afghanistan in the 1980”s to fight the Soviet Union. During that period, it is said that he met Osama Bin Laden and was given $6 million to establish a more Islamic group with MNLF. The MNLF eventually moderated to a political government, the ARMM. The ARMM was established in 1989 and institutionalized in 1996. It eventually became the ruling government in southern Mindanao.

Eventually, leadership of Abu Sayyaf was helmed by Isnilon Hapilon, who pledged the group’s allegiance to Al-Qaeda and eventually to ISIS. The movement in the Philippines has made considerable waves over the years. In 2004, the Super ferry bombing, which led to the deaths of 116 passengers. Among the casualties were six children less than five years old, with nine children between six and 16 years of age among the dead or missing. These included six students on a championship team sent by schools in northern Mindanao to compete in a journalism contest. A Canadian expatriate, John Ridsdel, was beheaded after a deadline for a ransom had not been met in April of 2016. Let’s also not forget the bombing of a market in Davao City, which killed 14 and injured 71. It was deemed by the Filipino Government as a terrorist act.

Rodrigo Duterte has been threatening to call for Martial Law. But, his leadership has been questionable as of late. Rodrigo Duterte hasn’t been a fan of American Leadership, mostly due to Duterte’s drug policy.  As CNN reported, He’s threatened to “break up” with the US and said President Barack Obama can “go to hell.”

Durterte’s verbal tirade against the US heated up after widespread criticism of his anti-drug campaign. Thousands of suspected drug dealers and users have died during Duterte’s aggressive crackdown on the illegal drug trade.Some were killed during shootouts with local police when suspects allegedly resisted arrest. Others died in nightly vigilante-style killings, where bodies are left on the streets with cardboard signs describing their alleged drug-related crimes.

He actually called Obama a “Son of a Whore”, to which he later apologized.

From the Independent Journal Review:

“Duterte had a day before threatened to swear at Obama should he lecture him on the Philippine president’s ongoing policy of executing thousands of drug dealers; during the tirade, Duterte called Obama a “son of a whore.”

Tuesday in Laos, where President Obama is attending a summit of Southeast Asian leaders, a representative for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte read a statement expressing regret over words Duterte used at a Monday press conference describing the U.S. president’s mother:

“While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. president. Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the U.S. with which we have had a long-standing partnership.”

It hasn’t been stated as to whether or not his policy on exterminating drug smugglers, drug lords, and users was due to Aby Sayyaf’s drug trafficking. Regardless of this assumption, the need for Duterte to quell and eliminate these terror cells is of extreme importance. The blackout in mainstream, western media outlets is stunning, and is the main reason for Conservativelibrary.com to connect dots.

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