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Threat from militants rising in Southeast Asia

Islamic State and other groups are increasingly turning their focus on Southeast Asia as they lose ground in the Middle East, experts say Islamic State and other groups are increasingly turning their focus on Southeast Asia as they lose ground in the Middle East, experts say.
By Damon Evans 27 November 2017 0 28561
Filipinio soldiers with seized militant weapons Members of the Philippine armed forces with weapons seized from militants in Marawi. (PA)

International oil companies are under increasing threat from terrorism in Southeast Asia, particularly since Islamic State (IS) lost territory in Iraq and Syria. LNG shipping routes could also be targeted, security analysts have said. 

Dramatic events in the southern Philippines captured headlines this year when IS laid siege to the city of Marawi in May, killing hundreds of people in the process. The Philippines military eventually managed to retake the city in late October, but the five-month crisis underscores the rising risk to regional...