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Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines (AKP)

On 13 August 2014 a group calling itself "Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines" (Supporters / Helpers of the Khilafah) pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a video release. But a a bayah should be a reciprocal act between Daesh central and the purported Caliph, and those who pledged, but this reciprocity was not in evidence. [This outfit should not be confused with the new brigade named Supporters of the Khilafah in the countryside of Aleppo formed by leaders of numerous other brigades inside Syria in Deember 2010]

SITE Intelligence first reported on the pledge of allegiance by the AKP to Daesh in August 2014. The group, claiming to hold sway in Saranggani province, was presented as distinct from the Muslim secessionists in central Mindanao (the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters [BIFF]) and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in western Mindanao.

Mohammad Jaafar Maguid (aka Commander Tokboy), was the alleged leader of the AKP. On November 26, 2015, eight (8) members of the Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines (AKP), including an Indonesian national were killed in a joint law enforcement operation by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Marine Corps in the town of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat province.

In November 2015, Malaysian police warned that they believed militants in the southern Philippines were trying to form an official IS regional faction and to unite the most high-profile group there, Abu Sayyaf, with others. A video circulating in January 2016 purported to show Abu Sayyaf, Ansar al-Shari'ah Brigade and M'arakat al-Ansar pledging allegiance to IS, and acknowledging Abu Sayyaf's leader, Isnilon Hapilon, as their overall leader. Other groups in the Philippines that had also separately pledged oaths to IS, including the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Ansar al-Khilafah Philippines, were not in the video.

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