Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte surrounded by soldiers pose to souvenir pictures during his visit to the military camp in Marawi City, Philippines August 4, 2017. Malacanang Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters
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Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-Daesh (ISIS) militants have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said on Monday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao.Soldiers provided artillery support for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Muslim rebel group with which the government has signed a peace agreement, to try to tackle Islamist extremists, spokesman Colonel Gerry Besana said. The MILF responded and clashes lasted six days, with the military firing howitzer cannons in support, Besana said.
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