Islamic State Philippines (ISEA) - Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)

Four Groups Not Under One IS BannerThere are currently four separate groups operating in the Philippines that have pledged allegiance with the Islamic State (IS) and pledged to support each other in fighting the Philippine government, however they do not all unite under the same banner of AKP.  What complicates the complete understanding of how ASG operates is its many factions. In 2016, ASG essentially divided into two: a Basilan faction loyal to IS and a Jolo faction not loyal to IS.Faction of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) led by Isnilon Hapilon, who leads a number of Malaysians in Basilan.Ansarul Khilafah Philippines (AKP) led by Mohammad Jaafar Maguid alias Tokboy out of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat provinces with ties to both Indonesia and Syria. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) - Bongos BIFF faction boasts its loyalty to the Islamic State, however, on 01 October 2016, five influential BIFF Imam spin off from the group to form their own yet…

Islamic State Philippines (ISEA) - Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), also known as Mujahideen Commando Freedom Fighters (MCFF - Original Name), al-Harakat-ul al-Islamiyah, Bearer of the Sword, International Harakatu’l Al-Islamia, Islamic Movement, ASG, Father of the Executioner, Lucky 9, Ansar al-Khalifa Philippines is an active group formed c. 1988.
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