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Violence in southern Philippines highlights resilience of militant networks

On 24 August, two explosions in Jolo, a city in Sulu province in the southern Philippines, killed 15 and injured 74—a chilling case of déjà vu in a region that has...

The incident set alarm bells ringing in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) about the resurgence of violence.

  • Georgi Engelbrecht
  • The Strategist
  • ASPI

The explosions also reheated familiar media tropes of Islamic State’s perseverance amid the coronavirus pandemic and seemingly ceaseless lawlessness.

But it’s important to move beyond this narrative to grasp the structural foundations of the turmoil Sulu finds itself in.

While some details…

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