Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines are set to launch joint patrols in waters off Mindanao island of the Philippines in late June to counter threats from Islamic State (IS) group.
Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced the information on June 3 during the ongoing Shangri-La 16 Dialogue in Singapore.
He added that the sea patrols will begin in the waters bordering the three nations on June 19, with air patrol to be launched on June 20.
Security analysts said IS was planning to set up a base in Mindanao island as part of its efforts establishing an Islamic state in Southeast Asia.
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