More troops sent to Marawi to fight

The military has sent more troops to Marawi after President Rodrigo Duterte rejected the offer of Maranao religious and political leaders to negotiate with Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists holed up in the city for an end to the crisis. Troops from the Philippine Army's 82nd Infantry Battalion flew in two groups from Iloilo City on Saturday to reinforce security forces in Marawi, battling the terrorists who seized the city on May 23 to establish an enclave for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in southern Philippines. A total of 327 people have been killed in four weeks of fighting, including 242 terrorists, 59 soldiers and 26 civilians. The military deaths have angered Mr...

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