How did the Islamic State Emerge in the Philippines?
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On 23 May 2017, the different terrorist groups in the Philippines that pledged allegiance to ISIS laid siege to Marawi City, Philippines. The 5- month battle that ensued between the government forces and the militants has resulted to a large number of casualties and close to 600,000 civilians displaced from the city. Although these terrorist groups, collectively named Islamic State-Philippines or IS-P, were tactically defeated, the threat of ISIS still persists.
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