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Duterte Woos Russia - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Richard Javad Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of Asia's New Battlefield: U.S., China, and the Struggle for the Western Pacific. His forthcoming book is Duterte's Rise. Shortly after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte embarked on a ...and more »

First official ISIS video emerges from Marawi, shows heavy clashes with Philippine Army - AMN Al-Masdar News

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 A.M.) – Al-Masdar News has obtained the first official Islamic State video from Marawi, an embattled city in the southern Philippines which witnessed a large-scale ISIS uprising last week, prompting Philippine president Rodrigo ...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 »

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 »

Islamist militants resist week-long military assault in southern Philippines - FRANCE 24

A full ground- and air assault by Philippine forces against pro-Islamic State (IS) group militants entered its second week on Wednesday, a reminder of decades of deadly violence in the country's restive southern provinces. The unexpectedly-long ...and more »

Islamic State video shows destruction of church in Marawi - Long War Journal

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency released a short video showing the destruction of a church inside Marawi city. This is the second video released by Amaq from the southern Philippines city. The video comes as the crisis in Marawi enters its second ...and more »

Islamic State releases video from the fighting in Marawi - Long War Journal

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has released a short video, just over a minute and a half long, from Marawi. The so-called caliphate has previously disseminated photos from the southern Philippine city, but today's video is the first posted by Amaq.and more »

Marawi Siege: Thousands of Civilians Still Trapped in ISIS-held City - Newsweek

Thousands of civilians hoping to flee fighting in the besieged Philippines city of Marawi remained trapped on Sunday after a four-hour ceasefire to evacuate residents was marred by gunfire. Only 134 were freed on Sunday, less than on previous days ...and more »

Hundreds of Christian Hostages Taken By ISIS Militants In The Philippines - Gospel Herald

ISIS-linked militants in the city of Marawi in the Philippines have taken hostage hundreds of people, and most of these hostages are Christians. It has been close to a week now in the southern Philippines as the Muslim militants maintain their ground ...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 »