Gulf Times - Marawi
Australia to send spy planes to help the Philippines

Australia to send spy planes to help the Philippines

Australia agreed on Friday to send two surveillance planes to help the Philippines tackle Islamist rebels, as jets and artillery pounded militant positions in a southern town held for more than a month by Islamic State loyalists.

Philippines military says seizes drugs worth millions of dollars in besieged city

Philippines military says seizes drugs worth millions of dollars in besieged city

The Philippine military found methamphetamine worth between $2 million to $5 million while clearing rebel positions in besieged Marawi City, officials said on Monday, boosting suspicions Islamist militants ...

Philippine troops pound Islamists as death toll passes 300

Philippine troops pound Islamists as death toll passes 300

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 ...

Braving sniper fire, civilians dash for freedom in Philippines town

Braving sniper fire, civilians dash for freedom in Philippines town

More than three weeks after Islamist militants stormed the southern Philippines town of Marawi, civilians trapped in battle-torn neighbourhoods are being driven to daring escapes by the threat of capture ...

US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

US forces back Philippine troops in Islamist held city

United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday ...

Islamists kill 13 Philippine marines in wartorn Marawi city

Islamists kill 13 Philippine marines in wartorn Marawi city

Thirteen Philippine marines have been killed in fresh gunbattles with Islamist militants who have overrun parts of a southern city, a military spokesman said Saturday, in a dramatic surge in the toll ...

Long battle feared as militants hold on in Philippine city

Long battle feared as militants hold on in Philippine city

With bomb-proof tunnels, anti-tank weapons hidden in mosques, human shields and a ‘mastery’ of the terrain, Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippine city are proving a far tougher opponent ...

Philippines uses heavy firepower in hunt for rebel leader

Philippines uses heavy firepower in hunt for rebel leader

Philippine armed forces helicopters fired guided rockets at Islamist militant positions on Saturday in an attempt to end a siege in the southern city of Marawi that has raged for five days.

Philippines says foreign fighters part of IS 'invasion'

Philippines says foreign fighters part of IS 'invasion'

Indonesians and Malaysians were among foreign jihadists battling the military after laying siege to a southern Philippine city, the government said on Friday, in a rare admission of what it said was an Islamic State "invasion".

Extremists stage mass jailbreak in Philippines

Extremists stage mass jailbreak in Philippines

Extremists have staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 28 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday.