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In City of Ruins, Philippines' Battle Against ISIS Rages On - New York Times

MARAWI, Philippines — The houses still standing after more than three months of fierce urban combat in Marawi are barely holding on — pocked with bullet holes on the outside and blackened by fire from within. “I really can't say when we will be able ...and more »

Has Marawi killed the Philippines peace process? - The Interpreter

Moro Islamic Liberation Front Fighters guarding a bridge, Maguindanao Province, Mindanao, the Philippines, August 2017 (Photo: Getty Images/Jes Aznar). By. Sidney Jones · @sidneyIPAC. By. Sidney Jones ,. COMMENTS. 29 August 2017 17:41. Comment ...and more »

Marawi: Behind the Headlines - The Diplomat

Until the recent crisis began, Marawi was not on many people's radar. Marawi is a small town in Mindanao, in the southern Philippines. Seemingly out of nowhere, a few months ago the city was taken by extremist militants and declared the regional ...and more »

The child soldiers in Marawi: Philippine Daily Inquirer - The Straits Times

In its editorial on Aug 31, the paper highlights the vulnerability of children and families caught in the Marawi crisis, making some of them easy targets for those seeking soldiers for their war. MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK ...and more »

Australian special forces closer to helping Duterte's troops in battle against Islamic State - ABC Online

Defence Minister Marise Payne will visit the Philippines next week for more talks about sending special forces troops to the Philippines. Earlier today Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's office confirmed that the Philippines had accepted Australia's offer ...and more »

Islamic State: Australia offers to send Special Forces to help fight IS in Philippines city of Marawi - ABC Online

Australian Special Forces soldiers could soon be deployed to the Southern Philippines to help local forces fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the country's south. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop revealed she made the offer of assistance to President ...and more »

Australia offers troops for fight against Philippines insurgency - Financial Times

Australia has offered to send troops to advise and help train the Philippine army, which is engaged in a bloody battle against Isis-aligned militants on the southern island of Mindanao. Julie Bishop, Australia's foreign minister, on Tuesday said she ...and more »

Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages - Rappler

After earlier asking the military to 'wait it out,' President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists, even if these also hold hostages. Pia Ranada · @piaranada. Published 8:35 PM, August 30, 2017 ...and more »

New Australia Military Terror Aid For the Philippines? - The Diplomat

On Monday, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made headlines when she revealed that she had offered additional military support to the Philippines during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month. Though her comments about the ...and more »

Duterte makes U-turn: Bombing mosques in Marawi will hurt Muslims - Rappler

President Duterte tells soldiers now the government has to be conscious of the cultural and ideological implications of bombing mosques in the fight against terrorists. Mick Basa. Published 8:54 PM, September 01, 2017. Updated 12:07 AM, September 02, ...and more »