Asian fire. Who "set fire" to the Philippines and Myanmar?

The attention of the world community has been focused not for the first week on the events in Myanmar, where government forces continue to “sweep” the villages of Rohingya, the Bengal Muslims living in the western Burmese state of Rakhine (Arakan). But restless in another country in the Asia-Pacific region - in the Philippines. Here the battle for Maravi continues for several months, which has become the largest military operation in the country almost since the end of the Second World War. It seems that it is very beneficial for someone to make Southeast Asia become another “region of war”, along with the Middle East and North Africa.

The assault on Marawi began on 23 on May 2017 of the year, and for several months now the Philippine government forces, despite the terrible demands of the country's President Rodrigo Duterte, cannot defeat the militants of the fundamentalist Mauth and Abu Sayyaf militants defending the city. The links of these organizations with the “Islamic State” (prohibited in the Russian Federation) are reported by many world media, and the Southern Philippines, where a large number of Muslims historically live, is called one of the starting points of “jihad” in the Asia-Pacific region. Then, in May 2017, the Philippine authorities explained the need for a “sweep” operation on Maravi to the desire to detain a certain Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf organization, whose headquarters was located in this city. By the way, the US 50-year-old Isnilon Hapilon is for some reason called the most dangerous terrorist and they offer an impressive reward for his capture - five million dollars.

Asian fire. Who "set fire" to the Philippines and Myanmar?

The province of South Lanao, where Maravi is located, is located in the northwestern part of the island of Mindanao in the region of Lake Lanao. Since time immemorial, the Maranao people have lived here (translated as “lake inhabitants”). Back in the Middle Ages, Islam, which gradually became the dominant religion, penetrated here with Malaysian and Arab merchants. Sultanates appeared in Lanao, which not only existed before the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, but then continued to exist, only as informal structures that were not recognized by the government. Islam has become an important part of the national identity of the Maranao and some other local ethnic groups that unite under the name "Moro", i.e. - "Moors", "Muslims".

Officially, the province of South Lanao is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - the only territory in the country with autonomous status, which is a Muslim residence area. The deep contradictions between the Muslim population of Mindanao and the central government began in the middle of the twentieth century. Muslims demanded autonomy, each year becoming more persistent and radical. In the end, not without the support of foreign forces interested in extending their influence to Southeast Asia, a number of radical organizations emerged, some of which began an armed struggle against the government.

Thus, the Moro National Liberation Front, under the leadership of Nurullai Misuari, who enjoyed the support of Libya and Muammar Gaddafi, led the armed struggle against the government in 1972-1976. Then a peace treaty was signed, but the front remained in opposition to the government. His successor to the partisan trails was the Islamic Moro Liberation Front, created in 1981 by Mr. Hashim Salamat. He spoke from more radical positions, insisting on creating a separate Islamic state called Bangsamoro.

But if both the first and second fronts could still be negotiated somehow, then in the 1990s in the Philippines, “irreconcilable” appeared. It was they who created the Abu Sayyaf grouping, which today defends Marawi from government forces. Then came Mauth, another radical organization created by the brothers Omar and Abdullah Mauth. She swore allegiance to the Islamic State and lured the youngest and most radical members of other factions into her ranks, promising them weapon and money.

Isnilon Totoni Hapilon, who is called the leader of Abu Sayyaf, was once a member of the Moro National Liberation Front, but then left him because of dissatisfaction with the excessive moderation of the front. In the end, Hapilon became part of Abu Sayyaf, where he quickly gained credibility and became one of the leaders of the organization. The positions of Hapilon became especially strong after the death of Abu Sayyaf founder Abdurazzak Abubakar Janjalani. Then, after the appearance of the IG and the spread of the influence of this banned organization on the countries of Southeast Asia, Hapilon took the oath of allegiance to its leader, al-Baghdadi, and in April 2016 was appointed "emir of all Islamic government forces in the Philippines."

The leader of Abu Sayyaf, Isnilon Hapilon, arrived in Maravi just to meet with the leadership of Mauth and coordinate joint actions against government forces. 23 in May 2017. Skirmishes between militants and police, and then government soldiers, began on the streets of Maravi. The reinforcements arrived at the militants seized the Amai-Pakpak hospital, after which they raised the black flag of the IG over its building. An impressively large number of Mauth militants from 500, a man attacked the military base of Ranao, where the 103 brigade of ground forces is stationed. After that, the city was actually in the hands of militants. They seized the city hall and two prisons, freeing prisoners. The roads leading to Maravi were blocked by militant groups. The next day, on May 24, reinforcements of government forces arrived in Maravi, which launched an attack on the militants and was able to beat off the hospital, city hall and the building of the University of Mindanao. The fierce fighting led to a large-scale escape of local residents from Maravi, although many of them, being Muslims, welcomed the invasion of the co-religionists first.

When the fighting began in Maravi, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was on an official visit to Russia. Here he came to agree on the supply of weapons for the needs of the Philippine army. Events at home forced Duterte to interrupt the visit ahead of schedule and fly to Manila. In his typical manner, the Filipino president claimed that he would end the militants in an instant, but the fighting in Maravi dragged on for many months. The Philippine army was faced with the specifics of a city guerrilla warfare, and for this it was completely unprepared. The fact is that for decades, American "green berets" instructors have trained the Filipino military to counter-guerrilla actions in the jungle. The main enemy of the government forces then were the Communist guerrillas from the New People’s Army of the Philippines, and they fought in the jungle. In the second half of the twentieth century, Filipino generals did not even think that militants could capture an entire large city. Now representatives of the Philippine command complain about snipers, each of whom is able to paralyze the advancement of an entire company, or even a battalion, as well as the impossibility of using it in the narrow streets of Maravi tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. Almost all the elite units of the Philippine army were sent to Maravi - the quick reaction regiment, the scout ranger regiment, the 1st brigade of the naval infantry corps.

However, Duterte also has obvious achievements. First, peace was concluded with the Maoist Communists from the New People’s Army, who are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government forces against Abu Sayyaf and Mauth. Secondly, the government managed to come to terms with its long-time adversary, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Since 1981, since its inception, this organization has led an armed struggle against the Philippine government to create a separate Islamic state. But in 2014, the front entered into a peace agreement with the government. Today, the views of front leaders have become much more moderate - now they believe that it is possible to achieve a quiet life for Muslims and in the framework of the preservation of a unified Philippine state.

When the government forces began the assault on Marawi, Duterte managed to negotiate with the front leaders and today his fighters, along with government soldiers, participate in operations against Mauth and Abu Sayyaf. Yesterday's partisans consider extremists to be rare scumbags, guilty of the destruction of the Muslim city of Maravi and the death of their fellow believers - Muslims - after all, Maravi is inhabited by Moro Muslims. By the way, militants radical groups "Maute" and "Abu Sayyaf" recruit mainly for money - small by Western standards, but very significant for Filipinos. But who finances the activities of the radicals in the Philippines is a very interesting question.

The situation in the Philippines is being swayed by the same forces that today they are trying to kindle a fire in another part of Southeast Asia, Myanmar. Only in Myanmar, the repression of the authorities against the Rohingya, which have already led to a violent reaction of the entire Islamic world, is used as a pretext. It is noteworthy that many more Muslims than in Myanmar die in Iraq and Syria, in Somalia and Libya, in Yemen and Afghanistan. Millions of people have become refugees from these countries. But here the world community for some reason is silent. When Recep Erdogan speaks of the genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar, for some reason he does not pay attention to the mass extermination of the population of the Near and Middle East and North Africa by the United States and other NATO allies of Turkey. In Turkey itself, the authorities severely suppress the Kurdish national movement, although the majority of the Kurds are also Muslims, moreover, the indigenous people of the territories they occupy.
The "swinging" of Southeast Asia is beneficial to certain forces in the United States of America.

In recent years, China has seriously strengthened its position in the Asia-Pacific region. If earlier, during the Cold War, in the Philippines, China acted as the patron saint of the Maoist partisans, now President Duterte himself openly proclaims the need to refocus on cooperation with China. In Myanmar, China has its own economic interests related to the transit of oil and gas. Naturally, China does not need destabilization of the situation in the region, especially since it has its own problems of a similar nature in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

For the US, violence and wars in Southeast Asia are a pretext to maintain its military presence in the region. For example, the same Duterte has repeatedly expressed the need for the gradual withdrawal of American bases from the Philippines. But when there is a civil war on the islands with strong extremist groups that have both money and constant personnel support at the expense of the arriving foreign fighters, the United States demonstrates "friendliness" and offers help - to maintain the presence of its military contingent in the Philippines.

If the American military contingent is stationed in Myanmar, then the United States will actually achieve its long-standing goal of ensuring a military presence on the border with China. The country where American military units are stationed is completely controlled by Washington - this shows story and Germany, and Japan, and South Korea. Therefore, if the American contingent is introduced into Myanmar under the pretext of restoring peace and stability or an American base is created, the United States will be able to deal a serious blow to the positions of China, which traditionally considers Myanmar to be its sphere of influence.

Here we should not forget that Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Counselor of Myanmar since 2016, came to power with the direct support of the United States and the West. She lived in the United States and Great Britain for a very long time, worked for the UN and can be fully considered a conductor of Western influence in Indochinese politics. For decades, it was spun by the entire powerful Western propaganda machine. At the same time, Aung San Suu Kyi is resolute in his attitude towards Rohingya. Has she really gone against overseas "partners"? Strange? At first glance, yes. But it is possible that the whole situation with the sweeps of the unfortunate Rohingya was directed by Washington with the direct participation of Suu Kyi.

Growth of violence in Myanmar, about which all the so-called will speak now. “The world community” will lead to the fact that the West will require the introduction of “peacekeeping” forces, and the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will give her consent. In the Philippines, we see the same situation. The growing conflict with radical groups will force Duterte to abandon plans for the withdrawal of American bases. Now the US military is assisting the Philippine army, despite the fact that the militants of radical groups are financed from the funds controlled by the allied US monarchies of the Persian Gulf.
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  1. +4
    14 September 2017 15: 52
    The Yankees continue the "bloody games"!
    PS In the state of Arakan (Myanmar) discovered large reserves of oil and gas. You can not continue further ...
    1. Maz
      14 September 2017 19: 25
      Well, did you think that his statements about the USA would be in vain? Failure has gone. The second law of physics. The force of action is always equal to the strength of the reaction.
    2. 0
      15 September 2017 09: 49
      One fireman in the world
      The rest are called Coalition
  2. 0
    14 September 2017 16: 52
    the duterte turned out to be empty, his enthusiasm was enough only for public rudeness and the fight against junkies bypassing the criminal code and the judicial system.
    Well, Myanmar is a completely different story, for igil (ex. in the Russian Territory. org.) has nothing to do so far, but if he continues to chew snot, the igil will definitely appear there.
    1. +1
      14 September 2017 19: 21
      Quote: protoss
      but if the UN will continue to chew snot, then the igil will definitely appear there.

      The UN means chewing snot ??!)) Actually, the UN and representatives of most countries in it have been trying for 10 years to stop pressure on Muslims in Manyama, but guess from 3 times who blocks this resolution ?! Russia and China. Kadyrov publicized to the fullest in the eyes of the entire Islamic community in this Manyam, although he saw his narrow-eyed co-religionists in the grave, and the Kremlin and Russia in general put Russia in a shitty light.
    2. +2
      15 September 2017 16: 58
      if he had been empty-handed, he would not have had this Igilov problem. It is no coincidence that he flew to Russia, as at that moment ISIS who had come from where captured the whole city laughing
      The fact that the Philippine army has no experience in urban fighting is also not his fault, the Americans created this army for their vassal many decades ago. Nothing, learn.

      And in Myanmar, mattresses stupidly crush China. Through the UN, nothing will be rolled out there, either China or the USA will veto it. The situation is like five cents, some terrorists are beating out from the crowd on the military, the military are beating on the crowd, the whole world is watching Muslims being beaten. send the broken ISIS gangs from the Middle East to Myanmar and the Philippines, create problems for China.
      Both states are purely by chance located on two trade routes of China, through which oil is transported.
  3. +3
    14 September 2017 17: 57
    Who "set fire" to the Philippines and Myanmar?
    what a crazy question? the whole world knows whose hands there bully
  4. 0
    14 September 2017 19: 49
    Quote: karabas-barabas
    Kadyrov was promoted to the fullest in the eyes of the entire Islamic community in this Manyam, although he saw his narrow-eyed co-religionists in the grave, and the Kremlin and Russia in general put Russia in a bad place.

    Not one Kadyrov was noted there. There Yevkurov noted, and laurels. Ahhh! There were no praises in Paris ?! Eiffel Tower not extinguished ?! So who and how reacts to what is happening in the Muslim world is a separate issue. Europe is not close to what Kadyrov is blotting out, but what she does. Everything else is sideways.
  5. +3
    14 September 2017 21: 16
    Who "set fire" to the Philippines and Myanmar?
    One would think no one noticed the star-striped ears.
  6. 0
    17 September 2017 18: 20
    Without reading the article - only the title - those who set fire to Yugoslavia, Egypt, Libya, Syria ... The smell of sulfur clearly indicates ...