Breakaway Philippine rebels align with IS

Commander of Abu Sayyaf, blamed for some of the worst attacks in the Philippines, vows loyalty to Islamic State group.

    The Islamic State group's power is focused in Iraq and Syria, but there are groups far beyond those borders who have aligned themselves with the armed rebel group.

    Several small rebel groups in the Philippines have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

    But moderate rebel groups such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which recently signed a peace deal with the Philippine government, has condemned IS. 

    Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from Manila.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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