Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint air patrols

By on October 12, 2017

“The terrorist Maute-ISIS Group was surprised by raiding security forces in that safehouse in Brgy. Basak Malutlut, Marawi occupied by Isnilon Hapilon, the taunted "Amir" of ISIS in the Philippines,” said AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año on Monday.(Photo: Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) / Wikipedia)
The siege in the Philippine city of Marawi has raised fears (Photo: Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) / Wikipedia)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have begun co-ordinated air patrols to intensify their fight against Islamic militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city.

The start of the air patrols comes four months after the three countries launched joint maritime patrols to prevent Islamic State group-aligned militants in the southern Philippines from fleeing to neighbouring nations.

The siege in the Philippine city of Marawi has raised fears that the Islamic State group’s violent ideology is gaining a foothold in the country’s restive south, where Muslim separatists have fought for greater autonomy for decades.

Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Thursday the conflict shows that terrorist organizations affiliated with the Islamic State group have exploited the region’s porous borders and linked up with local terrorist groups.