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>> The clock's ticking as Philippines Forces battle for control of Marawi City. Soldiers locked in intense fighting with Islamist militants Tuesday, as the military aims to stamp out the siege before the end of Ramadan this weekend. Reuters' Neil Jerome Morales explains why that's a top priority for the army.
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>> The main concern is that some Muslims, those who were hesitant to fight during the holy month of Ramadan might go to this city and reinforce the Maute Islamist militants after the holy month of Ramadan.>> But taking back the city in the next few days looks like a bold objective.
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Officials have been vowing to end the siege quickly for weeks and there are still thousands of buildings to clear.>> Philippines troops have said that it takes much time and care to clear each house of every Islamist militant and propaganda materials of the ISIS rebels including weapons, ammunitions and other items that they use for war.
00:00:58
>> The military says it's launched a fresh offensive with a surge of bombs from above and soldiers on the ground. Army officer near the frontline telling Reuters that soldiers are tagging houses that have been cleared and leaving units behind to make sure militants can't get back in. Meanwhile, far north of the fighting, Philippine police say they're checking unconfirmed intelligence that the same group's responsible for the siege of Marawi, will be planting to set off bomb in the capital Manilla.
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