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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 31, 2017 - Rappler

On the 100th day of the Marawi siege, President Rodrigo Duterte said he won't stop the Philippine military from bombing the remaining strongholds of terrorists in the city, including mosques where hostages are also likely being kept. He said it was ...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 »

59 suspects linked to Marawi siege ordered freed -

(Updated, 10:37 a.m.) Because of weak evidence, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the rebellion case filed against 59 suspected members of the Maute terror group, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Friday. The DOJ Chief in a phone ...and more »

AFP asks for public support to gov't troops fighting in Marawi - Minda News

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Fighting in Marawi City between government troops and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group marked its 100th day on Wednesday with the military calling on the public to support its troops. “The AFP (Armed ...and more »