Troops in Mindinao. Photo by Karl Grobl, The Asia Foundation.

Troops in Mindinao. Photo by Karl Grobl, The Asia Foundation.

Growing threat on our doorstep

Does the push by ISIS into the southern Philippines pose a danger for regional nations such as Australia? Ross Peake reports.

The brazen takeover of Marawi, a city of 187,000 people, demonstrates the power of the extremists in the southern province of Mindanao.

It is a stark warning to the Philippines Government and regional nations about the ambition by the terrorist organisation to gain a foothold in southeast Asia.