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U.S. funds P1 billion in programs to help BARMM transition, fight terrorism

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Suicide bombings in Mindanao are a ‘major concern,’ says a top US counterterrorism official visiting Manila to boost cooperation in tactical response, border security, and cutting terrorist funding

FIGHTING TERRORISM. The siege of Marawi City in 2017 is a grim reminder of the insidious threat of terrorism in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

UK police probe attacks on 5 mosques in Birmingham

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) Counterterrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in different areas in the central English city, and the incidents are 'being treated as linked'

ONGOING PROBE. Counterterrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in 4 different areas in the north of the city of Birmingham. File photo from Birmingham Jame Masjid's Facebook page

PNP preparing intel-driven 'Oplan' vs terrorism

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The Oplan is confidential as publishing will predictably compromise the counterterrorism operations it organizes

COUNTERTERROR PLAN. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they've been busy preparing a campaign plan against terrorism

Ex-Marawi cop's new battle: Winning Miss PNP pageant

Apr 15, 2018 - 1:04 PM

'I want to promote my advocacy: counterterrorism,' says Police Officer 1 Cris Pastores, a policewoman once assigned to terror-stricken Marawi City

GANDA PULIS. Cris Pastores introduces herself to the media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boogie Mendoza, top spy vs communists and terrorists, dies

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Rodolfo 'Boogie' Mendoza served in the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group and the provincial police of Zambales before retiring as a one-star police general

VETERAN INTEL OFFICER. Rodolfo 'Boogie' Mendoza. Photo from Mendoza's Facebook page

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

PNP to recruit 2,500 SAF troopers

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the new commandos will be tasked to prevent terrorist attacks in the country

'TAGALIGTAS'. PNP-SAF troopers deployed to Marawi get a heroes' welcom as they walk to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire that triggered the war in Marawi City

HAPILON'S SAFE HOUSE. A raid on this safe house in Basak Malutlut on May 23, 2017 triggered the war that has dragged on for nearly 5 months. Rappler photo

Philippines, U.S. simulate hijacking in counterterrorism drill

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The exercises 'simulated a scenario involving a real commercial airliner filled with over 150 actors who played hostages,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

TEMPEST WIND. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim shake hands after a joint press conference on September 26, 2017, about Tempest Wind, a counterterrorism drill between the Philippines and the US. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. increases surveillance support to PH military

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS to Mindanao the US embassy says in a statement

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Jun 23, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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ASEAN countries eye fight vs terror in social media

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Philippines Indonesia and Malaysia will also study a proposal to stop the flow of terrorist financing after a rare security meeting

RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (C) delivers a joint statement after his meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (L) and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (R) in Manila on June 22, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte, Jokowi agree to step up joint anti-terror efforts

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:43 PM

In a June 21 phone conversation the two leaders also discuss the need for more cooperation among Southeast Asian countries against violent extremism

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accompanies Indonesia President Joko Widodo as they enter the Malacañan Palace on April 28, 2017 for a bilateral meeting. Malacañan Photo

Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia to meet on terrorism

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

In a meeting hosted by the Philippines the 3 countries top diplomats and security officials aim to forge a team effort against terrorism

TERROR ATTACK. Fire rages in Marawi City on May 23 after an attack by the terrorist Maute Group. File photo from @du_kartoffel

U.S. troops arrive for first Balikatan exercises under Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The first Balikatan exercises under Duterte will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and counter terrorism

WAR GAMES. US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bad or good intel: 5 questions on Abu Sayyaf presence in Bohol

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Government forces foil an Abu Sayyaf attack in Bohol But it s hard to cheer when they let a notorious terrorist leader slip through

AFP chief: Reds should work with military in new campaign plan

Jan 09, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año talks about the military s new campaign plan DSSP Kapayapaan

DSSP KAPAYAPAAN. The military presented to President Rodrigo Duterte its new campaign plan during a command conference on January 6, 2017. Malacañang photo

6 arrested for suspected terror offenses in Britain

Dec 12, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Five men and a woman all aged in their 20s and 30s are detained on suspicion of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism and are being held in police custody the force says

Why Indonesia’s new counterterrorism strategy could be its best yet

Oct 12, 2016 - 2:33 PM

The new counterterrorism chief is using an inclusive government approach that aims to eliminate the root causes of terrorism

MULTISECTORAL APPROACH. The new counterterrorism chief Suhardi Alius is aiming to address root causes of terrorism. Photo by Rappler

Noisy US welcome as Erdogan defends hardline stance

Apr 01, 2016 - 12:33 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss US Turkey cooperation on regional security counterterrorism and migration

MEETING IN WASHINGTON. In this file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and US President Barack Obama attend a family photo at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015. File photo by Berk Ozkan/EPA

PH military probes video of alleged ISIS training camp

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:45 PM

Citing Philippine National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr however denies that ISIS has training camps in the Philippines

Screenshot of SITE Intel Group web site

Japan to launch international anti-terrorism information unit

Dec 07, 2015 - 3:06 PM

The unit will focus on Southeast Asia South Asia the Middle East and North and West Africa

YOSHIHIDE SUGA. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, January 25, 2015. File Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Rappler Talk: ISIS in Southeast Asia

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:12 PM

Why should Southeast Asia be alarmed over ISIS?

4 hal yang perlu kamu tahu tentang ISIS di Indonesia

Nov 23, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Pusat rekrutmen ISIS di Asia Tenggara adalah Indonesia Dan mengapa kaum wanita lebih tertarik bergabung dengan ISIS sekarang?

4 things you need to know about ISIS in Indonesia

Nov 23, 2015 - 8:25 AM

The threat posed by ISIS in Southeast Asia is comparatively small but real and it has the potential to become larger if not addressed properly ISIS reinvigorated existing terror networks in the region

US on alert for terror threat on July 4 holiday

Jul 04, 2015 - 8:26 AM

New York State is ratcheting up its monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday July 4 expected to draw large crowds to America s biggest city

All-clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting scare

Jul 03, 2015 - 1:11 AM

Thursday s lockdown – which forced police to seal off several city blocks – came amid security jitters as the United States braces for the July 4 Independence Day holiday

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance; Obama signs into law

Jun 03, 2015 - 5:26 AM

UPDATED The US Senate passes landmark legislation that ends the government s bulk telephone data dragnet reining in the most controversial surveillance program since the 9 11 attacks of 2001

FILIBUSTER. Senator Rand Paul (C) speaks to the media after speaking on the Senate Floor on 31 May 2015. The US Senate convened a special session on 31 May afternoon to take up intelligence legislation that includes reforms to the National Security Agency (NSA) just hours before existing legislation is to expire, amid warnings from President Barack Obama and the intelligence community. Photo by Pete Marovich / EPA

BOI: 6 Americans gave 'real-time' info to SAF

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:37 AM

UPDATED The PNP BOI s report on the Mamasapano clash confirm 6 Americans were at the SAF s tactical command post on January 25

US military personnel (L) help their Philippine counterparts prepare to load an injured police commando from one stretcher to another and onto a waiting US military helicopter in the town of Mamasapano on January 26, 2015, following clashes with Muslim rebels. File photo by Mark Navales/AFP

How to fight ISIS on social media

Mar 09, 2015 - 10:31 PM

In nearly every language and with startling sophistication ISIS is reaching out to young kids around the world and enticing them to see the world in new ways

Emwazi father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

Mar 04, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Jassem Emwazi: There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in the media that the accused is my son Mohammed

SITE Intelligence Group/Handout/AFP

Identity of ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John' revealed

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:23 PM

UPDATED Jihadi John is Kuwaiti born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi according to experts and the media

How to fight ISIS? Build communities

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism mobilizes community partners religious groups academic institutions and the private sector to create a counter terrorist environment

The dangers of ‘terrorism’

Feb 18, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Senators and pundits like Cayetano who sanctimoniously parrot the American line about terrorism show themselves to be ignorant of the deeply troubling and socially catastrophic implications of this term

Context: The US in PH anti-terror campaigns

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:38 AM

Let’s start with a basic fact: the US has been involved in counterterrorism operations in the Philippines for more than a decade

Malaysia calls for SE Asian cooperation on ISIS threat

Oct 17, 2014 - 1:22 PM

Concern is growing in Southeast Asia over the potential for the Islamic State to gain followers in the region

FIGHTING ISIS. A Malaysian Royal Police handout picture made available on 17 October 2014, shows Malaysians suspected to be involved with Islamic State (IS) as they are detained by a Malaysian Royal Police Counter Terrorism Unit in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13 October 2014. Malaysia Royal Police/EPA

Filipino, American found guilty in US terror case

Sep 26, 2014 - 10:34 AM

A jury convicts Sohiel Omar Kabir 36 a naturalized US citizen and Filipino Ralph De Leon 25 at the conclusion of a 6 week trial

ISIS poses 'immediate' threat to Europe: US

Sep 06, 2014 - 8:15 AM

The official said ISIS doesn t pose an imminent threat to the United States but would eventually try to attack America if left unchecked

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

US raids terror leaders in Somalia, Libya

Oct 06, 2013 - 10:20 PM

US forces nab a top Al Qaeda operative but fail to confirm whether a high value Shebab leader was killed

NABBED. US forces have captured Al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi in Libya, US media reported October 5, 2013. Photo by AFP/FBI

Tripoli protests US 'kidnap' of Libyan in Qaeda raid

Oct 06, 2013 - 7:45 PM

Libya underlines its desire to see Libyan citizens tried in their own country whatever the accusations levelled against them

NSA phone spying rationale declassified

Sep 18, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Declassified documents show the rationale behind the FISC upholding the constitutionality of government collection of phone metadata

THE RATIONALE. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court explains its ruling in a 29-page opinion.

Syria's jihadi migration emerging terror threat in Europe, beyond

Jul 28, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Hundreds of Europeans and thousands of other Sunni Muslim foreign fighters have made Syria the new land of jihad

The following image and information obtained September 20, 2012 courtesy of IntelCenter shows a still frame from a September 19, 2012 Jabhat al-Nusrah's al-Manarah al-Bayda Foundation release of a 02:51 video allegedly shows a VBIED attack on a gathering of a pro-Assad militia at the al-Hikmah school in the Hamah countryside on the Muhardah/Hamah Expressway at the Khattab Intersection in Syria. AFP / IntelCenter

HIGHLIGHTS: Workshop on Social Media and Counterterrorism

Jun 20, 2012 - 12:14 AM

Maria Ressa live blogs from the workshop on social media and counterterrorism in California