10 Aug '17, 7am

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MANILA: Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana estimates that the military will need “a month or two” more to end the siege on the southern city of Marawi held by Islamist militants. The task would be “complicated, but (Marawi) will be liberated”, he said, shortly before the Philippine military announced on Thursday that it was in its “last lap” of operations against the militants. It was about a month ago that Mr Lorenzana had first said that the crisis in Marawi could be resolved in a week or a month. The Philippine military has been locked in fierce battle with Islamic State-affiliated militants in Marawi for coming on three months. On May 23, hundreds of rebels took over and sealed off parts of the city, declaring the creation of an independent Islamic caliphate. Philippine troops, pictured entering Marawi in June 2017, have struggled to completely stamp out th...

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