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Philippine Congress extends Mindanao martial law until end-2019

Philippine Congress extends Mindanao martial law until end-2019

The Philippine Congress approved a 12-month extension of martial law in the restive Mindanao region on Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte argued for maintaining tough security ...

Philippine rebel chief warns of another Marawi

Philippine rebel chief warns of another Marawi

Murad Ebrahim has billed his Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has made peace with the government, as a rival to IS for the hearts and minds of angry young Muslims in the south of the nation.

Philippine Congress extends martial law in Mindanao through 2018

Philippine Congress extends martial law in Mindanao through 2018

Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday voted to extend martial law in the country's troubled south for one year after security officials warned that Islamic State-allied militants were actively recruiting new members there. In a joint session, the Senate voted 14-4, while the House of Representatives vot

Philippines' Duterte seeks martial law extension for south

Philippines' Duterte seeks martial law extension for south

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Monday to extend martial law across the southern third of the country until the end of next year to combat Islamist militants and communists.

Philippines says Malaysian militant leader 'possibly' killed

Philippines says Malaysian militant leader 'possibly' killed

Thirteen rebels among the few dozen Islamic State loyalists holed up in the decimated heart of Marawi City were killed in the operation and Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad was likely among them.

Duterte may declare martial law, says defence chief

Duterte may declare martial law, says defence chief

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana emphasised he believed it was very unlikely martial law would be declared, but said the president was worried about threatened "massive" protests by the left.

Philippine army faces armed resistance from women, children

Philippine army faces armed resistance from women, children

Ground forces were braced for higher casualties amid fierce fighting in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, where the field of battle has shrank to a small area in a commercial heart infested with snipers.

Philippine Congress agrees to extend Mindanao martial law

Philippine Congress agrees to extend Mindanao martial law

Philippine lawmakers on Saturday voted to retain martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, giving President Rodrigo Duterte more time to tackle armed extremists allied with the Islamic State group.

Militants flee, hostages freed in Philippine town

Militants flee, hostages freed in Philippine town

Muslim rebels who stormed a southern Philippine town and occupied a school are on the run after freeing dozens of hostages following a day-long crisis, the military said on Wednesday.

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".

US troops train in Philippines despite Duterte threat

US troops train in Philippines despite Duterte threat

Filipino and US troops began training exercises this week, the Philippines military said on Wednesday, despite President Rodrigo Duterte's threats to end joint war games and kick American soldiers out of his country.

US says Philippines has not asked it to pull forces

US says Philippines has not asked it to pull forces

The United States said the Philippine government had not officially communicated President Rodrigo Duterte's demand to pull US military advisers out of the rebellion-torn southern Philippines.