Southeast Asia’s jihadis who fought for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a unique battle nearer to residence within the southern Philippines. It is a state of affairs elevating vital alarm in Washington.
The current assault by IS-aligned fighters on the Philippine metropolis of Marawi has left greater than 300 individuals lifeless, exposing the shortcomings of native safety forces and the extremist group’s spreading attain.
Protection Secretary Jim Mattis says an extended-operating U.S. army operation to assist Philippine forces include extremist fighters was canceled prematurely three years in the past.
Though small numbers of U.S. particular forces stay, lawmakers need a greater U.S. position, in need of boots on the bottom. They worry the world is turning into a brand new hub for Islamist fighters from Southeast Asia and past.