By Patricia Lourdes Viray
MANILA, Philippines —The United States has reached out to the Philippines and other Asia Pacific countries to address the threat of the so-called Islamic State in the region.
Tillerson said that the next step in the global war to defeat the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (or ISIS, another name for the Islamic State) is to recognize the international terror group as a global issue.
"We are in conversations with the Philippine government, with Indonesia, with Malaysia, with Singapore, with Australia, as partners to recognize this threat, try to get ahead of this threat, and help them with training – training their own law enforcement capabilities, sharing of intelligence, and provide them wherewithal to anticipate what may be coming their direction," Tillerson said at a press briefing in Washington.
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