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Recently, the Maute group of ISIS tried to establish an Islamic caliphate in Indonesia in attempt to create a terrorist base of operations in Asia, but after failing, they went to the Philippines. The Maute brothers are out to kill Christians, however, on Saturday; the military fought off the terrorist group and killed 191 terrorists. Nevertheless, ISIS also found extremist groups in the Philippines to support their cause, which gave them even more reason to overthrow the Philippines. With these allies, these terrorists groups prove a huge threat to Christians in the Philippines.

06/12/2017 The Philippines (The Manila Times) – The leaders of the Maute Group, brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute, as well as Isnilon Hapilon, planned to kill Christians in Mindanao after taking Marawi City, security officials said Sunday.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año said the three top terrorists wanted to seize Marawi City and turn it into an Islamic caliphate on the first day of Ramadan.

In a briefing on Sunday, Año said the terrorists planned to kill “many” non-Muslims to prove that they have established an Islamic state in Asia.

However, the military repulsed the Maute Group’s attempt to take Marawi City, engaging the militants in fierce gun battles that had so far killed 191 terrorists and dozens of soldiers and civilians.

An analyst in Singapore agreed that ISIS terrorists are eyeing the Philippines as another base of operations after failing to establish a caliphate in Indonesia.

Rohan Gunaratna, a Singaporean analyst on security affairs, said the terror group’s expansion began in 2014 when ISIS decided to go beyond the borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Middle East and set its sight on Africa, the Caucasus and Asia.

“The Philippines was selected because they (ISIS) could not establish a caliphate in Indonesia,” Gunaratna said in an interview during the Countering Violent Extremism Forum held by PTV-4.

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