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Khalifa Islamiyah Mindanao (KIM) was a dedicated organization that sought to establish an independent state in Mindanao, Philippines. The group was led by an Afghan-trained cleric known as Humam Abdul Najid.[1] It was sometimes described as an umbrella organization composed of the Jemaah Islamiyah, the Abu Sayyaf, and members of other armed groups. According to the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, the KIM had five founders; Zulkifli Abdhir, who was killed on January 25, 2015 by Special Action Force officers during the raid that culminated in the Mamasapano clash, Amir M, Amir Abtol Rahman, Amir Kuptu and Amir Humam Abdul Najid. The group has reportedly adopted the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[1][2]

Khalifa Islamiyah Mindanao
Leader(s)Zulkifli Abdhir 
Amir M
Amir Abtol Rahman
Amir Kuptu
Amir Humam Abdul Najid
Dates of operation2011 (2011)–2013
Split fromMoro Islamic Liberation Front
Merged intoMaute Group
Active region(s)Central Mindanao
IdeologyRadical Islamism
FlagAQMI Flag asymmetric.svg

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief, Emmanuel Bautista confirmed the existence of the group in August 2013, although reports about the group were made as early as two years before.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Chalk, Peter. "The Islamic State in the Philippines: A Looming Shadow in Southeast Asia?". Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Medina, Andrei (February 18, 2015). "Marwan was only one of the leaders of Khalifa Islamiyah Mindanao". GMA News. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Laude, Jaime (August 29, 2013). "AFP chief confirms new militant group in South". The Philippine Star. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Ramos, Marlon (August 29, 2013). "AFP, MILF join forces to hunt down new terror group in Mindanao". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 28, 2016.