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© Noel Celis, AFP | Philippine Army Scout Rangers take positions during a mission to flush out Islamist militant snipers in Marawi on June 6, 2017
Both Philippine military officials and US diplomats on Saturday insisted the American troops were not engaged in combat operations in Marawi.
The seizure of the city by hundreds of fighters who have sworn allegiance to the IS group, including dozens from neighbouring countries and the Middle East, has fuelled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia.
Thirteen Philippine marines were killed on Saturday in the battle against Islamist…
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