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ISIS-Linked Militants in Philippines Plotted to Set Marawi Ablaze -

MARAWI, Philippines — ISIS-aligned militants plotted to burn a city of 200,000 people to the ground after occupying it, according to an official in the Philippines. The country's military said Monday that it was close to retaking the southern city of ...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 »

Catholic priest says he and 200 others held hostage in Philippines - Chicago Tribune

This image made from undated militant video which could not be independently verified shows Father Teresito Suganob. (Militant Video via AP). Jim GomezAssociated Press. A Catholic priest who was taken hostage by militants linked to the Islamic State ...and more »

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

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 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 »

Philippines pounds militants as civilians found shot dead - Chicago Tribune

Philippine marines walk to the frontline in the continuing assaults to retake control of some areas of Marawi city Sunday, May 28, 2017 in southern Philippines. Philippine forces launched fresh airstrikes Sunday to drive out militants linked to the ...and more »

Duterte jokes about rape while rallying troops to fight militants - KBZK Bozeman News

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants and joked that under martial law they could even commit rape with impunity. "The ...and more »

Why Duterte Declared Martial Law in Southern Philippines Over ISIS-Linked Group -

A lakeside city in the southern Philippines has been rocked by violence after ISIS-linked militants took hostages from a Catholic church and defiantly raised black flags synonymous with the terror group. The clash in Muslim-majority Marawi, where ...and more »

Maute rebel group: A rising threat to Philippines - BBC News

Losing control of a major city to a small insurgent group that was hardly known two years ago is an embarrassment to the Philippines government and armed forces. Even on Mindanao, where tens of thousands have been killed over five decades of armed ...and more »

Philippine Military Recovers 16 Bodies in City Besieged by ISIS-Linked Militants - New York Times

MANILA — The Philippine military said on Sunday that troops had found the bodies of 16 people believed to have been killed by Islamist militants, as fighting continued for a sixth day for control of Marawi City in the southern part of the country. The ...and more »