Air pa­trols against IS

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - Kuala Lumpur

– In­done­sia, Malaysia and the Philip­pines have be­gun co­or­di­nated air pa­trols to in­ten­sify their fight against Is­lamic mil­i­tants who have laid siege to a south­ern Philip­pine city.

The start of the air pa­trols comes four months af­ter the coun­tries launched joint mar­itime pa­trols to pre­vent Is­lamic State (IS) group-aligned mil­i­tants in the Philip­pines from flee­ing to neigh­bour­ing na­tions.

The siege in the city of Marawi has raised fears that the IS group’s vi­o­lent ide­ol­ogy is gain­ing a foothold in the coun­try. – AP

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