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How ISIS Got a Foothold in the Philippines - New York Times

For about two weeks now, dozens of Islamist militants have faced off against the Philippine armed forces in the city of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, where most of the Philippines' Muslim minority lives. The pitched battle, which is ...and more »

Duterte Woos Russia - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on May 23, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters). Blog Post. Richard Javad Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and ...and more »

US gives Philippines new weapons after Duterte complains receiving 'second hand' military equipment - South China Morning Post

The United States on Monday gave the Philippines hundreds of machine guns, pistols and grenade launchers, which a local commander said would be used against Islamist militants battling troops in a southern city. The weapons, including machine guns ...and more »

Philippine sectarian bloodshed unites Muslims and Christians - The Guardian

A Filipino who escaped Marawi after being trapped by fighting between Islamist militants and soldiers. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA. Philippines. Philippine sectarian bloodshed unites Muslims and Christians. Despite Islamist militants' attempts to ...and more »

Approximately 1200 ISIS Members Are In The Philippines, 'Killing Machines' Said Indonesian Defense Secretary - The Inquisitr

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Sunday at an international security forum held in Singapore that there are about 1,200 ISIS members present in the city of Marawi, Philippines. “I was advised last night, 1,200 ISIS in the ...and more »

Gunfire during ceasefire stops civilians fleeing fighting in Philippines - The Guardian

People carry their belongings in Marawi as they attempt to flee along a deserted street. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images. Philippines. Gunfire during ceasefire stops civilians fleeing fighting in Philippines. Thousands remain trapped in city of ...and more »

The battle for Marawi: Confusion and contradictions -

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 24, a day after the attack in Marawi. Martial law was declared on the night of the attack on May 23. We regret the error. On May 24, the ...and more »

Duterte says Philippines will stop taking second-hand US military equipment - Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised on Friday to buy brand-new military equipment to fight twin Maoist and Muslim rebellions, and no longer accept second-hand weapons from the United States. FILE PHOTO: Philippines ...and more »

11 Philippines soldiers killed in botched anti-ISIS airstrike - CNN

(CNN) Eleven soldiers were killed and seven others injured in what the Philippines government has described as a "friendly fire incident" in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao. Government forces are battling ISIS-linked militants for control of ...and more »

Propaganda key to rise of IS in the Philippines - The Manila Times

ILIGAN CITY: On May 23, the Maute terrorist group hoisted Islamic State (IS) flags in several areas of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur beginning the siege of this predominantly Maranao enclave that had the Muslim and Christian population fleeing for their ...and more »