ISIS-Linked Activity in Southeast Asia: March 2 to April 21, 2016

ISIS continues to expand its influence in Southeast Asia. ISIS confirmed local militant leader Isnilon Hapilon as its appointed leader in the Philippines on April 19, indicating that ISIS likely intends to announce an affiliate in the area in the near term. ISIS has also begun to frame local supporters’ clashes with state security forces in the Philippines as part of the operations of the Caliphate, suggesting ISIS may seek to expand military support or cooperation to its Southeast Asian supporters.