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Indonesia eyes joint anti-ISIS patrols with Philippines & Malaysia

26 Juin 2017

"The said attack would have served as the precursor for other rebel groups to stage their own uprisings across Mindanao in a bid to simultaneously establish a wilayah in the region", Calida said, referring to the southern Philippine region and the Islamic State province the militants aimed to create there.

Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said the aim was to end the siege by Monday, the Philippines' independence day.

Five of the civilians were killed on Monday as they made a dash for safety when the militants discovered their hiding place, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters in Manila.

THE PHILIPPINES Armed Forces (AFP) have requested all government agencies to fly their flags at half-mast on Tuesday, as fighting with Islamic militants enters its fourth week in the city of Marawi.

"This was followed by a series of encounters throughout the day in different parts of Marawi City", said a portion of the submission by Solicitor General Jose Calida, who also asked the court and the public to support President Rodrigo Duterte in defending the republic against terrorists.

"Let us also give them credit that actually, the action on the ground (by military and police) actually pre-empted the plans", Abella said.

The policemen, all Muslims, told local media they refused to leave the workers - who were Christians - behind.

"They did not speak Maranao (the local Muslim dialect), so I knew they would have been slaughtered", Lidasan said.

A US P3 Orion surveillance aircraft is seen flying over the town of Marawi city, as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who has taken over large parts of the city, Philippines June 9, 2017. A U.S. P-3 Orion surveillance plane has been spotted over Marawi, and USA forces have been photographed flying surveillance drones over the city.

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Rohan Gunaratna, head of Singapore's International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, told VICE News that by demonstrating they could capture and hold territory, the ISIS-affiliated militants were seeking to bolster their credentials as a fully-fledged province of the Islamic State.

On its website, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines in May described "12 days of training in the Philippine summer heat" involving Philippine troops and members of the U.S. armed forces.

Philippine troops escort rescued civilians while a military truck covers them from sniper fire at a village on the outskirts of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao.

Marawi, the main Islamic city in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, is largely abandoned now, with about 250,000 people having fled the city and nearby areas.

"Well, we already saw money coming in".

Fierce fighting in the city has left a total of 58 soldiers and police and more than 20 civilians dead, according to the military which estimates that nearly 200 jihadists have been killed. "It instead primed up our determination to continue our prudent advances to neutralize the enemy, save the innocent lives trapped in the fight, and set the conditions for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi".

While it is the first time authorities have confirmed United States involvement in this battle, U.S. troops have assisted the Philippine military in the south since the early 2000s.

Authorities arrested last week Cayamora and Farhana Maute, parents of brothers Omar and Abdullah who are leading the terrorist group that attacked Marawi City.

Indonesia eyes joint anti-ISIS patrols with Philippines & Malaysia