No ISIS Presence Yet in the Philippines

The government said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) does not pose a credible threat to the Philippines. The assurance was made after a new rebel organization, the Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines, emerged in the southern part of the country. Eight members of the group, which swore its loyalty to ISIS last year, were killed in an encounter with the Philippine military. The government said that while the public should remain vigilant, the link between the local and foreign terrorist organizations has not been verified.

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