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Militants force kids & hostages to fight

  MANILA, July 10, (Agencies): Children and hostages are being forced to fight alongside pro-Islamic State gunmen waging a seven-week battle for a Philippine city, the country’s military said Monday. Militants seized Marawi, considered the Muslim capital of the largely Catholic Philippines, on May 23 in a bid to create …

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Troops ‘detain’ Marawi militants’ main financier

MANILA, July 5, (RTRS): Philippine security forces arrested on Wednesday the main financier and logistics supporter of the pro-Islamic State militants who have for weeks been battling government troops for control of a southern town, the army said. The militants from a faction known as the Maute group, seized the …

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Kuwaitis warned over Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR, July 3, (Agencies): Kuwait’s embassy in the Philippines on Monday called on Kuwaiti nationals or potential travelers to be vigilant due to violence in the southern region of the country. The embassy, in a statement, said that ongoing violence in the South might spread to other areas nearby. …

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Bodies of beheaded civilians found – Military says civilian deaths due to rebel atrocities

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, June 28, (RTRS): The decapitated bodies of five civilians have been found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels, the military said on Wednesday, warning the number of residents killed by rebel “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of the five …

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IS funded siege: Philippines

Australia to send spy planes to help Manila fi ght militants MARAWI, Philippines, June 24, (Agencies): The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday. Gen Eduardo Ano told …

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‘Fighters’ in Marawi trapped, says army – Joint fight against militants

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, June 22, (Agencies): Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the military said on Thursday, as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City raged on. Despite signs that the insurgents are now on the back foot, …

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Philippine troops pound Islamists – Death toll passes 300

MARAWI, Philippines, June 17, (AFP): Philippine troops pounded Islamist militants holding parts of southern Marawi city with air strikes and artillery Saturday as more soldiers were deployed and the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of fighting. Fires erupted and dark plumes of smoke rose …

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Militants enslaving, killing civilians in Philippines – Troops ‘struggle’

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, June 13, (RTRS): Fighting in Marawi City in the southern Philippines entered its fourth week on Tuesday with military officials conceding that troops were struggling to loosen the grip of Islamist fighters on downtown precincts despite relentless bombing. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the urban …

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China backs US-backed fight – Independence Day marked

MARAWI, Philippines, June 12, (Agencies): Filipinos marked the country’s Independence Day by raising the national flag Monday in a southern city where troops pressed assaults to quell a three-week siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that has left 270 combatants and civilians dead. Many were teary-eyed during the flag-raising ceremonies …

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Painful window on war – Duterte says didn’t seek US support

MARAWI, Philippines, June 11, (Agencies): From the third-story window of a barren government office building he now squats in as a refugee, Nasir Abdul is watching his city being destroyed. Nearly every day for the past three weeks, the Philippine military has pounded the lakeside town of Marawi with rockets …

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