Islamic State supporters show training camp in the Philippines

The Long War Journal

 

Jihadists are shown undergoing basic weapons training

Fighters alleging to be the “Soldiers of the Caliphate in the Philippines” have released a short video showing a training camp somewhere in the Southeast Asian country. It is unclear which group the fighters belong to, but several Philippines-based jihadist groups have pledged allegiance or support to the Islamic State.

Fighters are then shown participating in running obstacles and partaking in other physical training.

Additionally, the jihadists are then shown undergoing basic weapons training with what appears to be a US-made assault rifle.

Many of the fighters seen in the video appear to be young, but almost all have their faces covered.

Although the video does not include a date, it appears to have been uploaded recently and posted to social media. A copy of the video was recently obtained by The Long War Journal.

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The identity of the specific group the fighters shown in the video belong to is uncertain.

The jihadist groups Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and a group calling itself Ansar al Khilafah in the Philippines have all either pledged allegiance or expressed support for the Islamic State in the past.

Traditionally, ASG has had ties to al Qaeda.

In June 2014, a master ASG bomb maker, who was thought to have been killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan, turned up in the Philippines.

The operative, Abdul Basit Usman, was wanted by the US for his involvement in multiple bombings in the Philippines and also had ties to Jemaah Islamiyah, an al Qaeda-linked group in Southeast Asia.

Usman was reportedly killed earlier this year in a shootout with the Filipino military, however, he was also reported dead months later after a shootout with another jihadist outfit.

 

ASG was funded and financed by Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, one of Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-laws, according to Khaddafy Janjalani, the leader of Abu Sayyaf, before he was killed in 2006. Khalifa, an al Qaeda financier and facilitator, was killed by US special operations forces in Madagascar in 2006. But ASG distanced itself from al Qaeda when, last July, Isnilon Hapilon, a top leader in the group, swore allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State. However, its current relationship with the Islamic State is unclear. In recent kidnappings by ASG, the group did not specify that it was holding the Western hostages in the name of the Islamic State.

BIFF is a splinter group of the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which broke away in 2008 over disagreements with MILF’s leadership. Last August, a spokesman for BIFF told Agence France-Presse that “We have an alliance with ISIS and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” AFP also said that a video was uploaded to YouTube showing the leadership of BIFF reading a statement of support for the Islamic State. However, it is uncertain if BIFF made an explicit oath of allegiance rather than just expressing support.

The group calling itself Ansar al Khilafah in the Philippines is perhaps the most definitive Islamic State-linked group in the list. Last August, the group first emerged in the Philippines by explicitly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in a video released on YouTube. In April, the group released another video to threaten the Filipino government and American soldiers in the Philippines. According to the SITE Intelligence Group, a spokesman for Ansar al Khilafah threatened to “deploy suicide bombers” in the country and that the group would make the Philippines a “graveyard for American soldiers.”

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Caleb Weiss is an intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributor to The Long War Journal.

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2 Responses to Islamic State supporters show training camp in the Philippines

  1. Dave the Differentiator says:

    The largest Muslim country in the world is Indonesia with a population of around 250 million.

    The Philippines is just North of Indonesia and like Indonesia is a group of Islands. These two countries are very poor and have virtually no infrastructure as we in America think of such things. Clean water supply does not exist. Sewage system does not exist. System of roads does not exist. The transportation system is wooden sailing ships.

    The point is that someone is financing this organization and organizing it and providing supplies to keep it going. Follow the Money!

    Saudi Arabia is the most likely source of funds and structure.

    Muslims are all Terrorists and Saudi Arabia is a 100% Muslim country!

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    • JCscuba says:

      Excellent points Dave, when I was a diver, I took zero time to learn of the cultures on the countries to which I traveled.

      Did have some interesting experiences in the evening in Thailand, Bali and Burma. Took some pictures of locals in their own living habitat, that was interesting indeed. Thanks Jim

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