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Indonesia: 1,200 IS operatives in PH

There are about 1,200 Islamic State group operatives in the Philippines, including foreigners, of whom 40 are from Indonesia, the Indonesian defense minister told an international security forum yesterday.

THE American, Philippine, and Malaysian navies begin today a training exercise in the Sulu Sea as part of the US Pacific Fleet’s Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) program. The program was begun in 1995 to promote cooperation and interoperability between US forces and other participating nations, with the goal of bolstering security and stability in the region. Participating ships and aircraft from the three nations will conduct communication drills, maritime security coordination, and maritime domain awareness training.

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