#ISIS-linked SE #Asia activity-4/22-6/23. Implications of new ISIS Philippines affiliation. https://t.co/aQBCYCZATk pic.twitter.com/v0XyMx0POd— ISW (@TheStudyofWar) June 23, 2016
Long War Journal: Islamic State officially creates province in the Philippines
After months of buildup, which included pledges of loyalty from various local groups, the Islamic State has officially created a province in the Philippines. A newly released video from the region, which was produced in the same style as all other Islamic State provinces, offered confirmation of the new province.
The video begins by showing several “battalions” of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. This includes the Abu Dujana Battalion, Abu Khubaib Battalion, Jundallah Battalion, and the Abu Sadr Battalion. These battalions joined others from ASG, including Jund al Tawhid, Ansar al Sharia, and Marakah al Ansar in pledging bayah to the Islamic State. Additionally, some of ASG’s leadership, including overall leader Isnilon Hapilon (who is shown in the video), have pledged to the jihadist group.
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Update #1: Southeast Asian Islamic State unit being formed in southern Philippines — officials (GMA News)
Update #2: ISIS to followers in SE Asia: 'Go to the Philippines' (Rappler)
WNU Editor: Malaysia is also being targeted .... ISIS announces Asia pivot in propaganda video targeting Malaysia, Philippines (RT). More on malaysia here .... IS releases video to recruit Asians (Star Online).