>> A grinding fight against Islamist militants in the Philippines hitting its seventh day, Monday. At least 85 people have been killed in the southern city of Marawi, including civilians. The military says, it has managed to reclaim half the city through block by block sweeps. But it's hitting fierce resistance from teams of militant snipers hold up on rooftops.
Over the weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte had a bold proposal to break the standoff calling for other Filipino rebel groups to join the fight, from Muslim separatists to Maoist guerillas.>>
> If this conflict lasts any longer and you want to join and take chances with the republic, I will recruit you as soldiers.
Same pay, same privileges, and I will build houses for you. You already know how to use a gun, just practice pulling the trigger.>> Duterte's offer comes as his government warns Islamic State is trying to gain a foothold in the country. Officials say Indonesians and Malaysian extremists are among the fighters and the military is certain the insurgents who took Marawi are protecting the most senior ISIS leader in the the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon.
As of Monday, officials say almost all the city's 200000 residents have managed to flee. But not everyone was so lucky. A group of Christian that religious leaders say were taken hostage of all but disappeared. And on Sunday, eight bodies of executed civilians were found in a ditch, one with a sign that read traitor.