Philippine army’s battle against ISIL enters fifth week

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The Philippine army’s battle against ISIL has entered its fifth week.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the crossfire between the army and ISIL-linked groups.

Authorities have  portrayed the siege of Marawi, 830 kilometres south of Manila, as a response to a botched military operation to capture wanted terrorist and ISIL linked leader Isnilon Hapilon.

However, Hapilon may have escaped the battle between the army and Maute group in Marawi City.

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