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MILF Sounds Daesh Alarm in south Philippines
Local Editor

The Philippines' largest Muslim group said Wednesday it had lost 10 fighters in battles to stop a "growing force" of radical militants who support the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for "ISIS" / "ISIL"].

MILF fighters

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is seeking to prevent the militants from gaining a foothold in an area of Mindanao island that the MILF calls its own, senior leader Mohagher Iqbal told AFP.

Iqbal said 50 or so militants had pledged allegiance to Daesh and had ties to gunmen waging a deadly three-month-old battle with government forces in the southern city of Marawi.

"The radical elements are growing as a force," Iqbal told AFP by telephone.

An AFP video journalist who joined the MILF soldiers on Tuesday said the fighting was centered on vast marshy forests and farmlands near the town of Datu Salibo.

MILF men were filmed firing automatic weapons from a house, crossing streams and marshes with their machine guns, automatic rifles and rations raised above their heads, and inspecting the ruins of burnt houses.

Datu Salibo is about 100 kilometers south of Marawi and about 800 kilometers south of Manila.

Iqbal put the MILF death toll from the fighting, which began early this month, at 10.

He said the militants had also sustained fatalities, although he could not give confirmed numbers.

The 10,000-strong MILF has been leading a decades-long rebellion to establish an independent or autonomous homeland in Mindanao for the mainly Catholic Philippines' Muslim minority.

The conflict had claimed more than 100,000 lives.

The MILF signed a peace agreement with the previous administration in 2014 that envisages an autonomous Muslim homeland in Mindanao, and is hoping President Rodrigo Duterte can shepherd a final deal through a reluctant Congress.

However a range of more hardline militants, including former MILF members, oppose any form of peace with the government and some had in recent years pledged allegiance to Daesh.

The MILF had repeatedly warned that, if the peace process collapses, it will lose many of its younger members to Daesh-aligned groups.

Hundreds of Daesh-supporters occupied parts of Marawi in late May.

The Philippine Army had been unable to dislodge the militants in Marawi despite a massive, US-backed military campaign. The conflict had claimed more than 700 lives.

Iqbal said the MILF's current battles against another group near Datu Salibo showed Daesh was becoming a threat in other parts of the south.

"They're an affiliate of ‘ISIS' and they plant the black [‘ISIS'] flag wherever they go," Iqbal said. "They cause trouble everywhere. We are against their way of life. We are against terrorism."

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

23-08-2017 | 15:00


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