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Terrorism | An ISIS battle in the Philippines reflects radical Islam’s growth in Southeast Asia
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 7/05/17, 04:25 pm

Plumes of smoke now regularly rise above the coastal town of Marawi in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao as ISIS-linked gunmen clash with the Philippine army in an attempt to establish a wilayah or province of the Islamic State. For the past month, the sound of machine-gun fire and explosions from Philippine air force bombers rang out in the nearly empty streets, as most of the city’s 200,000 residents have fled.

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Security forces stop siege attempt in another Philippine city

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/21/17, 07:56 am

Muslim rebels have withdrawn from a southern Philippine town after security forces responded quickly to their Wednesday morning attack. Some 300 gunmen stormed the village of Malagakit in Philippine’s North Cotabato province. The militants targeted an army outpost and a patrol base, but started to withdraw when security forces strengthened their offensive. No civilian deaths have been confirmed in the attack, but the militants took some hostages to use as cover during their retreat.

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Missing sailors’ bodies found aboard damaged destroyer

by Mickey McLean
Posted 6/17/17, 11:02 pm

UPDATE: The bodies of sailors who were missing following the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship early Saturday have been found aboard the damaged destroyer. The U.S. Navy released a statement Sunday morning saying search and rescue workers discovered the bodies when they gained access to the flooded berthing compartments on the ship. The remains are being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka, where they will be identified. The Navy will release the names of the sailors after families are notified.

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