THE Islamic State (IS) is continuously recruiting new members in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, but not to get them to join the fight in Syria and in Iraq but to launch acts of terrorism in their respective countries, an official of the US State Department said.

Irfan Saeed, director of the Office of Countering Violent Extremism, said that although the US has been successful in destroying so-called caliphates in Syria and Iraq and stopped IS to operate freely and travel to other places, it does not mean that the group has stopped getting new recruits.

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