Murad Ebrahim, left, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Philippine Muslim rebel group, speaks at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
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ISIS is trying to establish a stronghold in the violence-racked southern Philippines, the head of the nation's biggest Muslim rebel organisation warned Monday.Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim said the extremist ISIS seeks to capitalize on growing frustration over the breakdown of efforts to end a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion in the southern Mindanao region. Violence has plagued the southern Philippines for decades during a Muslim separatist insurgency that has claimed 120,000 lives.Aquino's six-year term ends in June and the MILF has pledged to honor a ceasefire while it awaits Philippine elections at mid-year.
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