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Islamic State forms unit in SE Asia: officials

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>> A call to arms for Islamic States in Southeast Asia. Filipino, Indonesian, and Malaysian militants appearing in the video this week urging Muslims in the region to fight for ISIS, either in Syria or in the jungles of the Southern Philippines. Reuters can't independently verify this video, which appears to show gun battles and even a triple execution.
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But as Randy Fabe explains from Jakarta, it's being treated as a worrying sign that ISIS has officially set up shop in Southeast Asia.>> The video is significant, experts say, because it shows that the region is a Islamic State supporters Previously bent on joining the fight in the Middle East is actually wanting to unify and stay in the Southeast Asia and launch attacks in the region.
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Security officials believe that there probably will be more videos coming out from this group and that there might be more attacks.>> The Philippines is more skeptical, calling the video a propaganda stunt. But there's no doubting in the concerns over Muslim militants are heating up across the region.
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>> There has been many arrests in Malaysia and in Indonesia. Hundreds of Islamic State supporters have been rounded up, particularly following the Jakarta attacks in January. But they are seen more of a splinter group, so this new group that has formed is raising some concerns that they could be more organized eventually, better trained, and may launch even deadlier attacks in Southeast Asia.
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>> The video asks Asian Muslims to rally behind Philippine militant, Abu Abdullah. He's the leader of Abu Sayyaf, the group that beheaded a Canadian hostage just last week. He also carries a $5 million bounty from the US.