Washington is considering airstrikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines, defense officials told NBC on August 7. The Pentagon sources suggested the U.S. Air Force would use drones in any attacks.
A decision is expected imminently.
The U.S. has been cooperating with Manilla on the fight against Islamic State for upwards of a year.
The Philippines government is unsure how many ISIS supporters went to fight for the organization in Syria and Iraq and fears their impact at home on their return, Clarion Project learned.
ISIS has a strong presence in the country’s south and declared an independent state several months ago.
Islamic State launched an insurrection in the area of Marawi City on Mindanao, one of the nation’s most-populated islands.
Many Christians were killed by ISIS in Marawi with at least one church destroyed.