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Strange bedfellows in Philippine-Islamic State fight - Asia Times

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a decades-old rebel group recently subdued by a Philippine government peace agreement, is back on the war path – only this time against fellow Muslim militants rather than its traditional state armed forces ...and more »

Hostages, IEDs slow down push to end war in Marawi - Rappler

(UPDATED) Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez says they will not rush the troops to avoid unnecessary deaths of hostages and soldiers. Carmela Fonbuena · @carmelafonbuena. Published 9:14 AM, October 01, 2017.and more »

Coins, nails used as shrapnel for Maute bombs in Marawi - Rappler

Crisis spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong hits the Maute Group for using the Bato Mosque to manufacture IEDs. Carmela Fonbuena · @carmelafonbuena. Published 6:32 PM, September 29, 2017. Updated 6:32 PM, September 29, 2017. COIN BOMB.and more »

Sound of war blends with Marawi Mass hymns -

MARAWI CITY — In a gathering that was both rich in symbolism and reminders of war's evils, at least 300 soldiers attended Mass at a church that represented religious tolerance in this predominantly Muslim city and which Islamic State (IS) followers ...and more »

Bodies, firearms retrieved from former Maute stronghold - Rappler

(UPDATED) The military is checking if Omar Maute, one of the key leaders behind the attack on Marawi, is among those killed in Bato Mosque. Carmela Fonbuena · @carmelafonbuena. Published 9:46 AM, September 29, 2017. Updated 4:32 PM, September ...and more »

Lorenzana: Spiritual, moral recovery key in Marawi City restoration -

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has called for a kind of assessment that would go beyond the physical needs of affected residents in the war-torn Marawi City, as the government embarks on preparations to rehabilitate the conflict-stricken area in ...and more »

Two more Marawi mosques remain in the hands of Maute —military - GMA News

Only two more mosques remain in the hands of the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City, but government troops are confident they will be able to retake them in a week or two, GMA News' Jun Veneracion reported on 24 Oras on Friday. The report said ...and more »

AFP shows video of alleged looting by Maute members -

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday presented an aerial footage of alleged acts of pillaging or looting being committed by Maute group members in the main battle area in Marawi City. “We can see items, boxes, sacks being taken from a ...and more »

13 Mautes, 2 soldiers killed in Marawi clash - CNN Philippines

Marawi City (CNN Philippines, September 30) — The death toll in war-torn Marawi rises as government troops proceed with their final push to flush out Maute terrorists. The military said 13 terrorists and two soldiers died in an encounter inside the ...and more »

3 Maute fighters surrender in Marawi - Rappler

'I believe hindi na nila kaya ang intense fighting,' says Westmincom chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez. Carmela Fonbuena · @carmelafonbuena. Published 4:07 PM, September 29, 2017. Updated 4:09 PM, September 29, 2017. ISIS-LINKED GROUPS.and more »