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After the Siege of Marawi, Another Fight Plays Out

Ben West
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Oct 26, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana (center) raises his fist in victory as President Rodrigo Duterte declares the end of the siege of Marawi City on Oct. 17.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte proclaims victory over the Islamic State in Marawi on Oct. 17, nearly six months after militants overran the city. Now that the jihadist group's influence in the region is diminishing, the long-standing rivalries in the southern Philippines will come back to the fore.

Security forces have ousted the Islamic State from the city, but the militant threat in the southern Philippines is alive and well. ...

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