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ASEAN's Post-Marawi Islamic State Challenge - The Diplomat

On Monday, the Philippine military confirmed that it had killed two top commanders from the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) in the southern city of Marawi, where a siege by IS-linked militants has been ongoing since May. Though the death of the two leaders ...and more »

Fatal blows to Islamic State in the Philippines - Asia Times

“I hereby declare Marawi city liberated from the terrorist influence,” declared Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shortly after the country's military killed this week the reputed top brass of Islamic State (IS)-affiliated militants in the country ...and more »

Malaysian teacher seen as new “emir” of pro-IS militants - The Indian Express

The battlefield deaths of two leaders of an Islamic State alliance in the southern Philippines could thrust a Malaysian who trained at an Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan as the militant group's new regional “emir”, experts and officials say. Intelligence ...and more »

Duterte: Martial law in Mindanao stays until last terrorist taken out - GMA News

Martial law in Mindanao would not be lifted until the government has neutralized all the terrorists in the region, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday. "When the time came, I declared martial law. Everybody is asking when will it stop? It will ...and more »

Marawi: bullet-riddled walls tell true story of Philippines' longest urban war - South China Morning Post

At first glance, the endless rows of devastated buildings could be the aftermath of a great earthquake. But the punctured, bullet-riddled walls tell the true story of the Philippines' longest urban war. “No one wanted this to happen,” President Rodrigo ...and more »

Islamic State's 'emir' in Asia possibly killed in Marawi battle, Philippine military says - South China Morning Post

The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a “big possibility” that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State's point man in Southeast Asia has been killed in an overnight battle. Thirteen rebels among the few dozen Islamic State ...and more »

Malaysia's 'most wanted' killed in Marawi: Officials - Arab News

MANILA/JAKARTA: Malaysia's most wanted, Mahmud Ahmad, was among 20 militants killed Wednesday and Thursday in the Philippine military's offensive in Marawi City, military officials said. The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Gen ...and more »

After Hapilon's death and the 'liberation' of Marawi - The Interpreter

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the 'liberation of Marawi', and the Philippines military says Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf militant seen as Islamic State group's leader in southeast Asia, and Omar Maute, another senior militant ...and more »

Did Maute and Hapilon die 'shaheed'? -

When the news broke that jihadist leaders Omarkhayyam Maute and Isnilon Hapilon had been killed in Marawi, I was asked if they died shaheed (martyrs). My reflex was to answer in the negative based on my fundamental knowledge of Islam and in the light ...and more »

Mahmud Ahmad is dead – Duterte -

Mahmud Ahmad used to be a university lecturer before becoming an extremist. FILE PHOTO VIA THE STAR MALAYSIA/ASIA NEWS NETWORK. Update. President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that Malaysian Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, believed to be the financier of the Maute ...and more »