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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 -

"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 »

Duterte Declares Martial Law Over Chaos in Marawi, Philippines -

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines — ISIS-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshipers and raising the black flag of the group, authorities said Wednesday ...and more »

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao - Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines (Updated May 24, 12:23 a.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night in response to clashes in Marawi City that began on Tuesday afternoon. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a press ...and more »

Police chief beheaded and others killed by IS militants in Philippines - Sky News

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte may extend martial law after 100 gunmen attacked Marawi City, leaving more than 20 dead. 20:05, UK, Wednesday 24 May 2017. Evacuees from Marawi city are checked by police before entering Iligan city in the ...and more »