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There will be words of caution but Congress will extend ML

THE Congress of the Philippines meets today in a special and joint session to consider President Duterte’s call for it to extend his proclamation of martial law in Mindanao and his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. There is no doubt that Congress will grant the extension.

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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IF, as proposed by some lawmakers, President Duterte were to prolong the period of martial law in the Philippines to five years, the implication is that the government has not been able to stop the rebellion or invasion of the country.

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Snipers in high-rise buildings are the main problem facing forces battling to crush pro-Islamic State fighters who have occupied Marawi City for more than a month, a military spokesman said yesterday.

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Sprawled on the boarded-up balcony of a two-storey house, the barrel of his rifle poked into a hole cut in the wood, the Philippine army sniper calls for quiet before taking his shot.

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Iraq declares end of IS caliphate

After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque at the heart of Islamic State’s de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group’s self-styled caliphate at an end.

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