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Could Militants in the Philippines Make a Comeback?

Ben West
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Apr 24, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
Philippine lawmakers continue to wrangle over passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, adding to political uncertainty in Mindanao that could help Islamist militias there redevelop their strength.

Soldiers being deployed to the frontline in June 2017 inside the besieged Marawi City.

(Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

Six months have passed since the Armed Forces of the Philippines officially wrapped up operations against Islamic State-aligned militants who had occupied Marawi City on the southern island of Mindanao. Liberating the southern provincial capital has yielded a significant peace dividend for the Philippine government. President Rodrigo Duterte continues to...

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