Both the US and China sent aid to the Philippines to quell its Islamist insurgency. Both countries want to gain influence over the Philippine military. If China succeeds, it will hinder the US’ ability to project power in the Asia Pacific.
“I think the Duterte government was so focused on the war on drugs it erratically forgot an equally critical issue, like the looming radicalism that had been felt this past several months," said Julkipli Wadi, lecturer at the University of Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies.
A photo of the crime scene shows a bloodstained Aristotle Garcia lying in the street. He has a .38 caliber pistol in his right hand, a wad of cash in the other. Her brother wasn't right-handed, though, which means the gun is in the wrong hand.
The US is quietly ramping up its military presence in Somalia, sending in more special operations forces to complete more missions. But is it enough to fight al-Shabab?
In the war against ISIS, the battlefield has no distinct boundaries. Insurgents often live among locals. The challenge is finding ways to separate the two — getting civilians to trust American forces instead of ISIS. One division of the military’s Special Operations Command is tasked with just that.