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Marawi fighting seen to end Oct. 15 -

MARAWI CITY — Two more soldiers were killed in a fierce government push into areas being held by Islamic State-inspired fighters as the military on Saturday gave itself at least 15 more days to end the conflict here. Col. Romeo Brawner, the deputy ...and more »

IS Suffers a Setback in Marawi - benarnews

Soldiers guard a lakeside mosque near Marawi after several gunmen aboard a boat were spotted near the area, Sept. 28, 2017. Richel V. Umel/BenarNews. With timely international military and intelligence assistance, Philippine security forces have ...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mass celebrated again in Marawi cathedral, first since war broke out - Manila Bulletin

By Francis Wakefield. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Sunday said a mass was held at the St. Mary's Cathedral in Marawi City which was formerly occupied by Daesh-inspired Maute Group terrorists. The cathedral, it was recalled, was retaken by ...and more »

Duterte hopes to liberate Marawi by end of September - Sun.Star

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has expressed optimism that government troops would be able to completely quell the insurgency in the strife-torn Marawi City by end of September. During the 116th commemoration of Balangiga Encounter Day on Thursday, ...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 »

Military asks for more time to liberate Marawi - ABS-CBN News

MARAWI - The military again asked for more time to end the siege of Marawi as it was unable to meet the October 1 deadline earlier set by Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana. Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) ...and more »