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Federal Government aims to stop ISIS growth in the Philippines

The Federal Government is ramping up its presence in South East Asia, committing $4.5 million in funding, to crackdown on on the growing threat of ISIS.

Two more Australian Federal Police officers will be posted to the Philippines by the end of next month, taking the total in the country to six.

The deployment will make the Philippines the AFP’s second largest post in the region, behind Indonesia.


As well as men on the ground Australia’s peak financial intelligence agency, Austrac, will attempt to thwart terrorism funding in the region.

Austrac aim to locate and stop the Islamic State’s methods of funding in South East Asia.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said co-operation across all countries in the region is required to stop the threat of terrorism.

“We will work with our neighbors and our regional partners to get this done and we’ll be building on work already undertaken with other countries in South East Asia,” he said.

Australian law enforcement agencies are focusing more closely on the region after the decline of the Islamic State’s standing in the Middle East.

ISIS affiliated terror groups captured the southern Philippines city of Marawai in May, and triggered concerns South East Asia could become a hub for terrorists returning from the Middle East.