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Philippine President Jokes With Soldiers About Raping Women - Newsmax

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte joked with government soldiers on Friday that they would not be punished for abusing their power under military law, even if they raped women, the Guardian reports. "If you go down, I go down. But for this martial ...and more »

ISIS ambushes the Philippine Army south of Marawi amid heavy clashes in the city - AMN Al-Masdar News

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:00 P.M.) – With fierce clashes ongoing in the contested Philippine city of Marawi, ISIS militants destroyed a handful of armored vehicles in its southern countryside on Thursday and also burned down an army barracks in the area ...and more »

Explainer: how and why Islamic State-linked rebels took over part of a Philippine city - The Guardian

Troops aboard a vehicle as more soldiers reinforce to fight the Maute group in Marawi in southern Philippines. Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters. Philippines. Explainer: how and why Islamic State-linked rebels took over part of a Philippine city ...and more »

ISIS teenage fighters are 'shooting people dead for failing to quote the Koran' in besieged Philippines city as ... - Daily Mail

Teenage ISIS fighters are said to be shooting people dead for failing to quote the Koran in a besieged Philippines city. As 50,000 people fled the city of Marawi in the south of the country, some reported the terror they had left behind. Terrified ...and more »

Duterte's peace hopes challenged in Mindanao - Nikkei Asian Review

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao on May 22. This came after a group of heavily armed men bearing the black flags of Islamic State stormed the mainly Muslim city of Marawi in the north of the ...and more »

Philippine Forces Struggle to Retake City Held by Islamist Militants - New York Times

MARAWI, Philippines — Militants loyal to the Islamic State stubbornly resisted as government troops pushed on Monday to drive them out of Marawi, a city in the southern Philippines where hundreds of desperate residents remained trapped by the fighting ...and more »

Inside Marawi: Death toll nears 100 as Philippines security forces battle Islamist militants - IRINnews.org

Two women in a white pick-up were sobbing as they inched forward in a crush of vehicles leaving the besieged southern Philippines city of Marawi. In the back lay the lifeless body of their father, caught in the crossfire between government soldiers and ...and more »

Philippine army battles to contain Isis attacks from spreading to second city - The Guardian

A view of the Maute group stronghold with an Islamic State flag in Marawi City in southern Philippines. Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters. Philippines. Philippine army battles to contain Isis attacks from spreading to second city. Curfews and heavy ...and more »

Philippine Troops Fight to Retake City Overrun by ISIS Militants - The Atlantic

A Muslim militant group linked to ISIS attacked and took control of parts of Marawi city on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines last week. Philippine government troops have been evacuating civilians and fighting back, with soldiers on the ...and more »

In Indonesia and Philippines, Militants Find a Common Bond: ISIS - New York Times

BANGKOK — An eruption of violence in the southern Philippines and suicide bombings in Indonesia this week highlight the growing threat posed by militant backers of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia. While the timing of the Jakarta bombings and the ...and more »