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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 »

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 »

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. Thousands of civilians hoping to flee fighting in the Philippine city of Marawi remained trapped on Sunday after a four ...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. They were devout Christians, but it was Islamic prayers that would ultimately save their lives. Islamist militants ...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 »

The battle for Marawi: Confusion and contradictions -

President Rodrigo Duterte contradicts own military by saying siege in Mindanao is the handiwork of ISIL. Ted Regencia by Ted Regencia. 5 Jun 2017. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that President Duterte declared martial law in ...and more »

ISIS Flag Flies in Asia's Most Christian Country -

The violence, instability, and Christian persecution that ISIS has brought to the Middle East is making its way to a besieged island in the Philippines. Current Issue. March 2018Subscribe · March. Read This Issue · America's Surrogacy Bump: Is ...and more »

Duterte's forces struggle to push back Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines - Washington Post

DAVAO, Philippines — Tirmizy Abdullah, a teacher in Marawi, wants to know what has happened to his city and why the Philippine military keeps dropping bombs on it. “They should have been able to end this conflict days ago,” said Abdullah, 27, speaking ...and more »

Philippines: 11 soldiers killed in misdirected air raid -

At least 11 Philippine soldiers were killed by "friendly" fire in a government air raid during efforts to take back a southern city occupied by fighters, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, said, promising an investigation into the incident ...and more »