Mil­i­tary takes key IS cen­tre

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

THE Philip­pine mil­i­tary said yes­ter­day it had cap­tured the com­mand cen­tre of Is­lamic State group sup­port­ers who have be­sieged a south­ern city for nearly four months. Se­cu­rity forces have en­gaged in fe­ro­cious street-to-street com­bat and launched air strikes in their ef­forts to ex­pel the fight­ers from the city of Marawi, in a con­flict that has raised fears that IS is look­ing to es­tab­lish a South-East Asian base in the Philip­pines. The mil­i­tary said it had cap­tured the mil­i­tants’ con­trol cen­tre in a deadly bat­tle that be­gan on Saturday.

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