Philippines: Addressing Islamist Militancy after the Battle for Marawi

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The Philippine city of Marawi, on Mindanao island, remains in ruins more than a year after a five-month jihadist takeover.

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To avoid fuelling militancy, Manila must involve locals in reconstruction, implement a 2014 deal with Mindanao separatists and go beyond efforts to counter jihadist ideology.

Skel 1aIn May 2017, Muslim militants acting in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS) seized Marawi, a lakeside economic hub in the Lanao del Sur province of Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines.

It took the Filipino military five months to regain control of the city. Now, more than a…

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