Muslim Rebels Retrench in Philippines After Losing 5-Month War
A group of Muslim rebels is retrenching in the Philippines for what could lead to another fight against the government after a five-month war last year. Members of the Maute Group, an Islamic State-sympathetic, anti-government Muslim rebel front that sparked war in the southern city Marawi, have splintered into 10 smaller outposts since fighting ended in October, Philippine news website Rappler said this week. They number about 300 people. The Philippine army is preparing in turn for more attacks. On January 30, the armed forces set up a camp in Marawi to “establish a strategic base in the city to prevent the reentry of Maute-ISIS-inspired terrorist groups,” the presidential office website says, using an alternate acronym for Islamic State. Dedicated to ideology The war last year killed core members the Maute family as well as its chief fighters - some 900 of the 1,127 dead - but left angry survivors,...
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