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HEROES RETURN. Philippine troops who fought a 5- month battle against ISIS in Marawi City in the restive Muslim autonomous region get a hero’s welcome upon their return in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. The soldiers are from the 61st and 64th Marine Com- pany of Marine Special Operations Group, Armor Assault Battalion, Field Artillery Battalion, Shore Patrol Unit of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao and the Civil Military Operations Unit- Western Mindanao. Rear Admiral Rene Medina, chief of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, and Colonel Ariel Caculitan, commander of the Combat Service Support Battalion, praise the troops for their gallantry in restoring freedom and democracy, and saving innocent lives from the terrorist group.