The Khalifa Islamiah Mindanao has been fighting for the declaration of Mindanao as a separate religious state. Though the group was said to be founded by an al Qaeda-linked Islamist and an Afghan-trained Islamic cleric, Ust. Humam Abdul Najid alias Wai, it actually was founded by the Maute brothers, Abdullah and Omarkhayam Romato (known simply as Omar). See Maute Group / Islamic State of Lanao / Daulat Ul Islamiya / Daulah IslamiyahGo betweenThe Khalifa Islamiyah was originally an “umbrella organization” of local operatives of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Abu Sayyaf (ASG). A Rose By Any Other NameOriginally called al-Ghuraba, followed by Jamaah Tawhid wal Jihad, the group settled on Khalifa Islamiah Mindanao in 2012. (both original names have meaning al-Ghuraba was the name used by AQI's Abu Musa Zarqawi. Jamaal Tawhid wal Jihad was a nod to the Indonesian…
Khalifa Islamic Mindanao (KIM)
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