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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 »

Marawi fighting seen to end Oct. 15 -

NO STONE UNTURNED The Bato mosque tower (center) stands desolate amid the ruins left by an FA-10 airstrike on Sept. 26 during the final push by government forces to retake Marawi City from the Islamic State-linked Maute terrorist group. Soldiers on ...and more »

Troops hear Mass as Marawi fighting wanes - The Manila Times

The war in Marawi City has waned, a military commander said on Sunday, allowing government troops to hear Mass for the first time since the battle with the IS-linked Maute group erupted more than four months ago. No new casualties were reported on this ...and more »

Marawi terrorists use looted coins as shrapnel in IEDs – AFP - Manila Bulletin

By Francis T. Wakefield. The Armed Forces now know why coins, nails and bolts were among those recovered from the wound of soldiers injured in the main battle area in Marawi city. Improvised grenade with coins as shrapnel recovered by troops in the MBA ...and more »

Sound of war blends with Marawi Mass hymns -

An Army chaplain is shown in this video grab blessing soldiers who heard Mass at the first religious service in St. Mary's Cathedral since war started in Marawi City on May 23. —PHOTO COURTESY OF JOINT TASK FORCE RANAO. MARAWI CITY — In a gathering ...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 »

Marawi war ends this September, Duterte says - The Manila Times

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said the conflict in Marawi would finally be over by September's end, four months after Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists laid siege to the city. In Eastern Samar on Thursday, Duterte again admitted that the government ...and more »

Philippine Army drone footage shows Daesh plundering Marawi - Arab News

MANILA: The Philippine military has released aerial footage showing Daesh-backed Maute militants looting houses and other establishments in Marawi, confirming an earlier Arab News story about looting in the strife-torn city. In the undated video ...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 29, 2017 ...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 »