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Indonesia can fight Islamic State in the Philippines

  • Dominique Nicky Fahrizal and Fitriani

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Jakarta   /   Thu, July 6, 2017   /  11:14 am
Indonesia can fight Islamic State in the Philippines Military troops scour the site of a roadside blast in the village of Matampay in Marawi City, Southern Mindanao on November 29, 2016. (AFP/Richel Umel)

The imminent defeat of the Islamic State (IS) movement in Iraq and Syria has sparked concern that the terrorist group may relocate to other regions. The recent suicide bombings and attacks targeting police officers in Indonesia and ongoing clashes in southern Philippines signal that the IS of Southeast Asia may not be far away. Action is needed now before the region’s security and stability deteriorate, be it by individual states or a group of countries. As the biggest ASEAN member and home to a population comprising more than 80 percent Muslims, Indonesia’s active participation is awaited in countering the spread of IS. Since the beginning of the year, Turkey, Russia and the United States have intensified their support for the fight against IS in Syria and Iraq. In June, Raqqa and Mosul were re-captured from the terrorist group, prompting its foreign fighters to ret...

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