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Philippines violence: IS-linked fighters 'among militants in Marawi' - BBC News

Foreign fighters believed to be linked to so-called Islamic State are among militants killed in a southern Philippine city, officials say. The military has been conducting air strikes in Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was overrun by jihadists ...and more »

Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript - New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump praised President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines in a phone call last month for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in the island nation where the government has sanctioned gunning down suspects in the ...and more »

Thousands of residents flee Marawi as insurgents battle Philippines troops, raise Islamic State flag - ABC Online

The Philippines has mobilised attack helicopters and special forces to drive Islamic State-linked rebels out of a besieged southern city, with six soldiers killed in street combat amid heavy resistance. Key points: Militants seized more than a dozen ...and more »

In pictures: ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines - AMN Al-Masdar News

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – Overnight, heavy clashes erupted in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines after security forces and ISIS sleeper cells battled it out for hours on end. 2 soldiers and 1 police officer were ...and more »

Civilians flee as Duterte's troops flood in to quell threat of Islamic State-linked militants - The Sydney Morning Herald

Bangkok: Islamic State-linked militants who rampaged through a southern Philippines town have threatened to kill a priest and other Christian hostages. The threat came as thousands of civilians fled Marawi, 830 kilometres south of Manila, on Wednesday ...and more »

Duterte cuts short trip to Russia after declaring martial law in southern Philippines - The Guardian

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who says: 'I don't want anything to do with the US .' Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty. Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte cuts short trip to Russia after declaring martial law in southern Philippines. President was on visit ...and more »

Marawi City: Militant group linked to ISIS in gunbattle with Philippines soldiers - NEWS.com.au

A TERROR group supporting Islamic State have stormed the Philippines, forcing the country's president to take drastic measures. Debra Killalea and AFP. news.com.auMay 24, 20176:21pm. Deadly clashes broke out between government forces and Maute ...and more »

Duterte Places Philippine Island of Mindanao Under Martial Law. What Next? - The Diplomat

Duterte cut short his trip to Russia to return to Manila after declaring martial law over the southern island of Mindanao. By Ankit Panda for The Diplomat. May 24, 2017. On Tuesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the ...and more »

Mindanao crisis: A city on fire - Aljazeera.com

"It would not be any different from what President [Ferdinand] Marcos did," declared Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shortly after declaring martial law across the restive island of Mindanao. "I'd be harsh," he warned. The tough-talking Filipino ...and more »

Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity - The Guardian

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it. Duterte ...and more »