How Clan Feuds and Ethnic Tensions Breed Terrorism in the Philippines

Existing patterns of violence and narratives of marginalization provide fertile soil for terrorism.

Written by Chester Cabalza, published on July 5, 2017 at

Seven weeks of war with Islamic State-inspired local terrorists, the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups, has been a blow to the popular administration of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. The catastrophic, painstaking, and destructive campaign to end terrorism in Marawi City has not yet achieved its end, despite tactical operational support from the United States and the donation of defense materiel from China.

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