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How ISIS Got a Foothold in the Philippines - New York Times

For about two weeks now, dozens of Islamist militants have faced off against the Philippine armed forces in the city of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, where most of the Philippines' Muslim minority lives. The pitched battle, which is ...and more »

Propaganda key to rise of IS in the Philippines - The Manila Times

ILIGAN CITY: On May 23, the Maute terrorist group hoisted Islamic State (IS) flags in several areas of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur beginning the siege of this predominantly Maranao enclave that had the Muslim and Christian population fleeing for their ...and more »

Duterte Woos Russia - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on May 23, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters). Blog Post. More on: Philippines · Rodrigo Duterte · Russia ...and more »

Philippine sectarian bloodshed unites Muslims and Christians - The Guardian

A Filipino who escaped Marawi after being trapped by fighting between Islamist militants and soldiers. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA. Philippines. Philippine sectarian bloodshed unites Muslims and Christians. Despite Islamist militants' attempts to ...and more »

US gives Philippines new weapons after Duterte complains receiving 'second hand' military equipment - South China Morning Post

The United States on Monday gave the Philippines hundreds of machine guns, pistols and grenade launchers, which a local commander said would be used against Islamist militants battling troops in a southern city. The weapons, including machine guns ...and more »

Approximately 1200 ISIS Members Are In The Philippines, 'Killing Machines' Said Indonesian Defense Secretary - The Inquisitr

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Sunday at an international security forum held in Singapore that there are about 1,200 ISIS members present in the city of Marawi, Philippines. “I was advised last night, 1,200 ISIS in the ...and more »

Duterte: Marawi crisis over in 3 days - Philippine Star

“Yes, we believe this is IS because you know normally in this kind of conflict, the local armed groups will just scamper away and maybe hide in the mountains. But surprisingly, this group just held out there and were waiting to fire it out, maybe to ...and more »

Islamist militants' seizure of Philippine city is a wake-up call for Southeast Asia - Business Insider

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - At the beginning of the battle that has raged for the past 12 days in Marawi City at the southern end of the Philippines, dozens of Islamist militants stormed its prison, overwhelming the guards. "They said ...and more »

Gunfire during ceasefire stops civilians fleeing fighting in Philippines - The Guardian

People carry their belongings in Marawi as they attempt to flee along a deserted street. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images. Philippines. Gunfire during ceasefire stops civilians fleeing fighting in Philippines. Thousands remain trapped in city of ...and more »

11 Soldiers Killed in Philippines Airstrike - U.S. News & World Report

The country continues to be on high-alert, and in some cases martial law, as it grapples with a heightened terror fight. By Curt Mills, Staff Writer |June 1, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.. 11 Soldiers Killed in Philippines Airstrike. Share. ×. Share on Facebook ...and more »