Australian Secret Intelligence Service Director General Nick Warner speaking at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Canberra, Thursday, July 19, 2012. It is the first public address by an ASIS Diector General in the organisations 60 year history. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt) NO ARCHIVING
Australian Secret Intelligence Service Director General Nick Warner speaking at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Canberra, Thursday, July 19, 2012. It is the first public address by an ASIS Diector General in the organisations 60 year history. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt) NO ARCHIVING ALAN PORRITT

IS setting up base in Philippines

AUSTRALIAN Secret Intelligence Service chief Nick Warner has warned that Islamic extremism in South-East Asia is a growing national security concern.

"In Australia's backyard in South-East Asia there are now ISIL (IS) affiliates - in Indonesia, in the southern Philippines,” the ABC reported he told a panel discussion in Washington. Mr Warner (pictured) said extremists were trying to establish a fully fledged IS branch in the Philippines.

"I can see that acting as a magnet for wannabe jihadists and for returnees out of the caliphate,” he said.



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