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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 »

Philippines: New destination for ISIS in Asia - Daily Pioneer

Marawi in South Philippines has suddenly become the centre of jehadi struggle in the island nation. It is widely believed that Islamists from Mosul, Chechnya, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Afghanistan and various parts of Africa have descended in ...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 »

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 »

Has Marawi killed the Philippines peace process? - The Interpreter

For years, the common wisdom about conflict in the southern Philippines was that the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was the best antidote to radicalisation. We all said it – analysts, activists, donors, diplomats, anyone ...and more »

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 »

Australia offers to train Philippine army in fight against Islamic State - The Guardian

Julie Bishop says Australia is ready to 'advise, assist and train' armed forces in 'pretty brutal fight with Isis'. Australian Associated Press. Mon 28 Aug 2017 23.02 EDT Last modified on Tue 13 Mar 2018 12.11 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...and more »

Troops start final push to retake Marawi from terrorists - Inquirer.net

Published: 4:48 p.m., Aug. 30, 2017 | Updated: 12:16 a.m., Aug. 31, 2017. MARAWI CITY — The crisis in Marawi entered its 100th day on Wednesday with government troops moving in on the last stronghold of the Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists who ...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 »

Australia to help Philippines combat Islamic State in Marawi - The Australian

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia has offered special forces troops to the Philippines because the Islamic State insurgency in Marawi poses a real threat to Australia and our region. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop this morning confirmed Australia had ...and more »