ISIS in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on ISIS in the Philippines


Female, 3 other suspected ISIS-linked terrorists killed in Parañaque police raid

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reports say the suspects had links to Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan, who helped plot suicide bombings in Sulu in 2019

IN PLAIN SIGHT: The house in Parañaque City where 4 terrorist suspects were killed in a police raid on June 26, 2020. Photo sourced by Rappler.

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: By blood and marriage

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) Part 2: Their men fight at the frontlines, but by blood and marriage, these women played a crucial role in the Marawi siege and the establishment of an ISIS caliphate in the Philippines

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: Hiding in plain sight

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: From hapless accomplices, women are becoming willing and enthusiastic actors in jihad

Pro-ISIS BIFF faction behind Isulan bomb attack – military

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The blast that wounded 8 people on September 7 was the group's way of gaining attention following setbacks from battles with government forces, says Western Mindanao's military commander

FOCUSED ATTACKS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it has driven out the Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group from its strongholds in the Liguasan Marsh. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines blocks entry of suspected ISIS trainer

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Suspected Islamic State trainer Naeem Hussain, a 36-year-old Pakistani, makes a second failed attempt to enter the Philippines this year

INTERCEPTED. A suspected ISIS trainer is booked on a flight out of the Philippines after he is intercepted at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. File photo from Clark International Airport website

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LOOK: Gov't illustrations of Marawi rehabilitation plan

May 04, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The Swiss Challenge may be scheduled next week, where other companies may 'challenge' the project design of a Chinese-led consortium. The P17.2-billion contract will be awarded by May 31, based on the government timeline.

ARTIST'S RENDITION OF MARAWI AFTER REHAB. All illustrations taken from a Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation as of April 12, 2018

U.S. tags 'ISIS-Philippines' as foreign terrorist group

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) The US State Department cites videos showing the late Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon and the leaders of the Maute Group pledging allegiance to ISIS

This file photo shows Filipino extremists who are allegedly linked to ISIS. File/Rappler

ISIS has 'safe havens' in Metro Manila – NCRPO chief

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Director Oscar Albayalde says they have monitored ISIS safe havens in the Philippines' capital region

NCRPO CHIEF. Director Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte pushes for stronger efforts to end financing of terror groups

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:38 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, remembering the Marawi crisis, stressed the importance of cooperation for timely and thorough intelligence gathering and analysis

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India on January 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New ISIS emir? Get to know Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The alleged new head of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia is a former member of Darul Islam Sabah network, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

More than a dozen terrorists killed in Marawi

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) At least 27 terrorists have been killed thus far in heavy fighting. Colonel Brawner says that because they 'don't have all the cadavers yet', they could not confirm if Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud is among them.

Filipino suspect in NY plot says money was for charity

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:32 AM

AFP chief General Eduardo Año is junking Russel Salic's alibi, saying he is involved in other terror plots in various countries

NY PLOT SUSPECT. Filipino orthopedic doctor Russel Salic is a suspect in a foiled New York terror plot. Screenshot from PTV file video

10 MILF fighters dead in clashes with ISIS-linked groups

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:58 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is seeking to prevent a different group from gaining a foothold in an area of Mindanao island that it calls its own senior rebel leader Mohagher Iqbal says

TO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wading through a flooded farm on his way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, Mindanao. Photo by  Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Troops advance in Marawi as another Maute stronghold falls

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año visits the war zone in Marawi to mark the fall of Safrullah Hospital a multiple storey building that served as headquarters for the local terror groups

CLEARED. Troops flush out enemies from the well-fortified Safrullah Medical Hospital. Sourced photo

Snipers and IEDs: Deadly combination in Marawi war zone

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Mahirap na combination ang IED at sniping Kapag mabagal ka sniper ang dadale sa iyo Kapag mabilis IED says an officer on the ground

THE NEW CHALLENGE. An improvised explosive device hidden in one of the buildings abandoned by the local terrorist groups in Marawi. Screenshot from a military video

Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

We tell the story of a family behind a homegrown terrorist group that most effectively spread the ISIS ideology in the Philippines

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Jun 22, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Jun 02, 2017 - 3:24 PM

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6 foreigners among terrorists killed in Marawi – AFP

May 26, 2017 - 1:44 PM

But the military insists this does not confirm the clear presence of ISIS in the Philippines

MILITARY OPERATIONS. Army scout rangers conduct clearing operations to flush out members of the Maute Group occupying the city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ISIS planning more attacks in PH and region – terror expert

May 08, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Rohan Gunaratna warns that ISIS plans to hit Manila and other capitals in the region during the Ramadan

LOCKDOWN. Police cordon off the blast site after the explosions.

#AnimatED: Terror in our midst

Apr 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We should expect local terrorists to bring the war outside Sulu to ease military pressure on them on the troubled province

Duterte’s drug war blinding PH from rising ISIS threat, analysts say

Apr 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Experts believe that not only is this fixation on the drug war allowing these terrorist groups room to operate but may also be the reason the situation has gotten so out of hand

Duterte hopeful top Abu Sayyaf leader dead after serious injury

Apr 03, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The President says he has reason to hope Isnilon Hapilon who has pledged allegiance to ISIS is dead after getting wounded during military airstrikes

LOYALTY TO THE ISLAMIC STATE. Senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swears allegiance to ISIS

Filipino millennial joins ISIS in Syria

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:13 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Classified documents obtained by Rappler identify the Filipino millennial who beheaded a Caucasian in an ISIS video released in June 2016

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Aug 16, 2016 - 12:35 PM

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Duterte to ISIS: You might bring out the worst in me

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:39 PM

Duterte condemns ISIS atrocities and warns If you can do it I can do it 10 times better than you definitely

NATIONAL SECURITY. President Duterte arrrives in Catbalogan, Samar to visit a military camp. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

2 Philippine soldiers killed in Lanao del Sur clashes – army

May 30, 2016 - 5:26 PM

Ten soldiers are also wounded and about 2 000 residents are displaced during the clashes with gunmen from the Maute group which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State ISIS group

FIGHTING TERROR. This photo taken on May 29, 2016 shows Philippine soldiers firing mortar rounds toward enemy positions from Butig town, Lanao del Sur province in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Photo by Richele Umel/AFP

Experts warn PH: Don’t underestimate ISIS

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:53 PM

Exclusive: In the age of ISIS and lone wolf attacks is it even helpful to distinguish between what are ISIS directed and ISIS inspired activities?

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China, ISIS expected topics in ASEAN meet

Nov 07, 2014 - 8:12 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the priorities of the Philippines at the ASEAN Summit include increased connectivity and greater cooperation on disaster risk reduction and management

'IMPROVING TIES WITH CHINA.' President Benigno Aquino III addresses the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) on October 22, 2014. Malacañang Photo

Filipino jihadists killed in Syria - reports

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The government says the reports are not confirmed but a group has been formed to monitor Filipino extremists activities in relation to ISIS

ENEMY LINE. A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

ISIS threat to Philippine security

Jul 11, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Videos showing a few Muslims in the Philippines expressing allegiance to ISIS with the use of the Black Flag demonstrate that ISIS threat to Philippine security is real rather than imagined