The Maute brothers, Abdullah and Omarkhayam Romato (known simply as Omar), went from petty small-time criminals to full fledged militant activity when they created Khalifa Islamiah Mindanao in 2012.Image: Photo Sheikh Omar Maute (second from left) and Sheikh Abdullah Maute (possibility 3rd from left) in c. 2012.Pledge to IS April 2015The Maute group pledged to the Islamic State in April 2015. Both the Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP, formerly Abu Sayyaf) and Maute group pledged allegiance with the Islamic State and pledged to support each other in fighting the Philippine government. However, the Maute Group would like to be seen as a completely different group and may not unite under the same banner of AKP.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…
Maute Group / Islamic State of Lanao / Daulat Ul Islamiya / Daulah Islamiyah (ISEA)
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