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Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia create counter-terrorism axis

Action plan to identify roots of extremism, starve it of resources

The foreign ministers of the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia met in Manila on June 22. From left, Alan Cayetano, Anifa Aman, and Retno Marsudi. (Photo by Cliff Venzon)

MANILA -- The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia have agreed to step up joint counter-terrorism efforts after the month-long siege of Marawi on Mindanao in the southern Philippines confirmed cross-border activity among Southeast Asian militants linked to Islamic State.

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