By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government has thrown its support behind the efforts of the international community in addressing the threats posed by the remnants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria.
The announcement of the Philippine government came as it welcomed the liberation of the last remaining territory held by the remnants of Daesh following the fall of the Syrian town of Banghouz.
“We congratulate all those responsible for this victory. The fight is not over yet as the threat posed by Daesh remnants and other affiliated terrorist groups remains. The Philippines stands solidly behind the efforts of the international community in addressing this threat,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released over the weekend.
However, shortly after the release of the Philippine statement, a driver working with a team of journalists from an American television news network was killed in an explosion in eastern Syria.
It was reported that “a device” had exploded near the group on Saturday, killing the driver but not harming the rest of the team.
The explosion occurred hours after the United States-backed militia fighting the IS in Syria announced the end of the jihadists’ control of any territory in both Iraq and Syria.
Also on Saturday, US President Donald Trump welcomed the fall of the Islamic State group’s five-year “caliphate”, but warned that the terror group remained a threat.
Trump said the US would remain vigilant until the IS is finally defeated.