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As conflict in the southern Philippines escalates, there are concerns radicalised jihadists could return to Australia.

The Australian Defence Force recently committed two spy planes to the fight, which led to the Islamic State labelling Australia as the ‘guard dog of America’.

But there is much more at play in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The Wire’s Tys Occhiuzzi investigates.

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