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Philippine troops fire their 105mm howitzer cannons towards enemy positions from their base near Butig town in Lanao del Sur province on the southern island of Mindanao on November 27, 2016. Troops on November 27 fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city. RICHEL UMEL / AFP / Manila Bulletin

AFP: Butig ‘100% cleared’ of Maute elements

By Francis Wakefield The areas in Butig, Lanao del Sur that were occupied by the Maute group have been “100 percent” cleared, the Armed Forces of the…


Philippine troops fire their 105mm howitzer cannons towards enemy positions from their base near Butig town in Lanao del Sur province on the southern island of Mindanao on November 27, 2016. Troops on November 27 fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city. RICHEL UMEL / AFP / Manila Bulletin

Duterte bares Maute–IS links

By Elena Aben The radical Maute group in southern Philippines has connections with the Middle East jihadist group Islamic State, President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on…