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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.

The military operation in Marawi City is officially over. After six months of urban combat that killed hundreds of Philippine troops and hundreds more militants -- including Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and at least one of the brothers behind the namesake Maute group -- President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi...

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