Rappler Talk: The rise of ISIS in PH and Southeast Asia
MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talked to Sidney Jones, head of think tank group Institute for Policy Analysis Of Conflict (IPAC).
ISIS filled the past year with a steady wave of attacks, beginning with a deadly assault against journalists in France. It was followed by assaults in Tunisia and the downing of a civilian aircraft in Egypt. The jihadist group targeted France again in November, killing over 100 innocent people in a series of well-coordinated attacks in Paris.
On January 14, the group targeted the heart of Jakarta, Indonesia. At least 7 died from the blasts that rocked a major business hub.
A video released on January 4 also shows terrorist groups from the Southern Philippines pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Terror experts say this is the last of 5 steps before the declaration of a province or a vilaya.
How will these events steer ISIS' growth outside Iraq fand Syria? Why is it important for the group to create another province in Southeast Asia?
Watch. – Rappler.com