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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 »

Dozens of Philippine men accused of attempting to join Marawi insurgency have charges dismissed - South China Morning Post

Philippine prosecutors have dismissed rebellion complaints against 59 men who were stopped by police and army troops at two checkpoints in the south and accused of attempting to join militants linked to Islamic State (IS) who laid siege to a southern ...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 »

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 »

Philippines: 18 more bodies recovered in Marawi - Anadolu Agency

At least 18 bodies have been recovered from areas of Marawi previously occupied by militants as the battle for the city entered its 100th day Tuesday. The Philippine National Police Region 10 command autopsy team said the bodies bore wounds from ...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 »

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

President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to respond to Australia's offer as the Philippine military fights Isis in Mindanao. Photograph: Reuters. Australia has offered to help train the Philippine military in its fight against Islamist extremists, according to ...and more »

Troops start final push to retake Marawi from terrorists -

Government troops cross Mapandi Bridge, which was earlier controlled by Islamic State-inspired militants in Marawi. Government forces have started their final push to retake the city. (Photo by JEOFFREY MAITEM / Philippine Daily Inquirer). Published: 4 ...and more »

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

MARAWI CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers in Marawi City that he won't stop them from bombing hideouts of terrorists, even mosques. Malacañang file photo. MANILA, Philippines – On the 100th day of the Marawi siege, President Rodrigo ...and more »