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OIG Report: 500 ISIS Terrorists in Philippines Fragmented and Degraded, Still Pose Security Threat

ISIS is maintaining a small and damaging presence in the Philippines, according to the quarterly report to Congress from the State Department’s lead inspector general on Operation Pacific Eagle-Philippines. The report detailed the activities of the 250 U.S. military personnel advising the Philippine government and military, and estimated there are 500 ISIS terrorists in the country.

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ISIS was dealt a sharp blow in the region after the death of its leader, Isnilon Hapilon, during the five-month-long siege of the city of Marawi last year. The Department of Defense launched Operation Pacific Eagle-Philippines as an overseas contingency operation on Sept. 1, 2017. 

According to the report:

  • This quarter, ISIS-Philippines remained fragmented and degraded but still posed a security threat, carrying out several bombings against civilians
  • ISIS-P lacked a formal command and control structure and was unable to carry out large-scale attacks.


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