DNA Test Confirms Death of Philippine ISIS Leader
Military officials said Sunday that U.S. forensic tests verified that Abu Dar, leader of the ISIS-affiliated Maute Group, was among those killed in a March 14 gun battle in the Lanao del Sur province. The militant leader, whose real name was Owaida Marohombsar, masterminded the 2017 siege of Marawi that decimated the city. That sparked President Rodrigo Duterte to institute martial law in southern provinces.
Could this help end terrorism in the Philippines? It’s too early to tell, as a number of ISIS-linked armed groups could still consolidate control and fill the void.
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