The Marawi crisis—urban conflict and information operations

Written by Charles Knight & Katja Theodorakis @ASPI_ORG Posted at on July 31, 2019 at https://www.aspi.org.au/report/marawi-crisis-urban-conflict-and-information-operations Executive Summary The seizure of Marawi in the southern Philippines by militants linked to Islamic State (IS) and the response to it by Philippine authorities provides useful insights to Australian and other policymakers, with relevance for force structure, concepts …

Insights from Marawi for a changing threat paradigm

Written by Charles Knight and Katja Theodorakis, published on Australian Strategic Policy InstituteDownload, July 31, 2019 The Marawi crisis—the seizure of the Southern Philippine city by militants linked to Islamic State and the response by Philippine authorities from May to October 2017—illustrates such a strategic play by asymmetric actors within an evolving threat landscape. Adopting …

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 https://thediplomat.com/ 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, …

Marawi Siege: Testing the Philippines’ Anti-Terror Law

10 years after the law’s passage, the violence in Mindanao highlights legal weaknesses. Written by Chester Cabalza, published on June 2, 2017 at https://thediplomat.com/ In the southern Philippines, government security troops, led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, in search of the most-wanted militant Isnilon Hapilon clashed with extremists affiliated with the Islamic State-linked Maute Group and the …