Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Islamic insurgency in the Philippines

The Islamic insurgency in the Philippines relates to political anxieties and open conflicts which started in 1969 between the Jihadist rebel groups and the Government of the Philippines. The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was set up by University of the Philippines professor Nur Misuari to criticize the killings of over 60 Filipino Muslims and afterward became an provoker against the government while the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a splinter group from the MNLF, was set up to look for an Islamic state within the Philippines and is more essential and more violent. Conflict dates back to 1899 during the rebellion of the Bangsamoro people to oppose foreign rule from the United States. Hostilities ignited again starting in the 1960s when the government started to oppose imminent revolts by killing above 60 Filipino Muslims and continues up to now.