Gulf Times - Marawi-City
Philippines declares battle with rebels over in Marawi City

Philippines declares battle with rebels over in Marawi City

The Philippines announced on Monday the end to five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war ...

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.

Priest rescued as Philippine troops retake Marawi militant stronghold

Priest rescued as Philippine troops retake Marawi militant stronghold

Philippine troops rescued a catholic priest held hostage for almost four months by Islamic State-linked rebels after an offensive that captured a stronghold of the militants in southern Marawi City, defence officials said on Monday.

Philippines seeks more funds to fight pro-IS militants

Philippines seeks more funds to fight pro-IS militants

The crisis in Marawi city has posed a serious threat to the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has deployed thousands of troops and imposed martial law across the southern third of the country.

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.

Philippines says no deal with militants who seized Marawi

Philippines says no deal with militants who seized Marawi

The Philippines ruled out negotiations on Tuesday with Islamist militants holding hostages and occupying a southern town, after reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents being held by police.

Hundreds likely killed in Marawi, says Philippines politician

Hundreds likely killed in Marawi, says Philippines politician

A Philippines politician said on Thursday residents fleeing the besieged Marawi City had seen hundreds of dead bodies in an area where intense fighting has taken place between security forces and Islamist militants in the last three weeks.

Philippines says US troops near besieged Marawi, but not fighting

Philippines says US troops near besieged Marawi, but not fighting

Armed US troops are on the ground near Marawi City in the southern Philippines, but are not involved in fighting Islamist militants who have held parts of the city for more than three weeks, a Philippines military spokesman said.

Egypt court sets Morsi trial verdict for April 21

Egypt court sets Morsi trial verdict for April 21

An Egyptian court is to deliver a verdict on April 21 in the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 14 others ...