Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis of Conflict
Indonesia can help the Philippines government fight the Islamic State (IS), not by sending troops but by helping map extremist networks.
One of the reasons the siege in Marawi has dragged on for so long is that the authorities in Manila never put the pieces of the extremist puzzle together. Detachment 88 has now been solving those puzzles for almost 15 years, and the Philippines desperately needs its expertise.
Marawi has been a disaster on the intelligence front. Philippine security agencies treated all factions of Abu Sayyaf the same, making no distinction between the kidnapping-for-ransom groups and their more ideological counterparts. They routinely labelled all Indonesians “JI” without trying to understand the distinctions between Jamaah Islamiyah and Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD), or why it mattered.
The United Sta...
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