Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants

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Colonel Arevalo added the "temporary setback" had "not diminished our resolve a bit".

The marines were on an operation to rescue about 100 hostages held by the militants, who set off improvised explosive devices and fired rocket-propelled grenades at the advancing troops, Herrera said.

As the conflict intensified, the U.S. embassy in Manila said American forces were providing assistance to the Filipino troops, although it declined to give details for security reasons.

Daesh terrorists unified to ISIS killed thirteen Philippine marines in Marawi city battle on Saturday.

About 40 foreigners have fought alongside the Philippine militants in Marawi City, majority from Indonesia and Malaysia, though some came from the Middle East.

"At the request of the government of the Philippines, US special operations forces are assisting the armed forces of the Philippines with ongoing operations in Marawi through support that helps military commanders on the ground", it said in a statement. The statement confirmed that the United States military is also involved in assisting the government troops to quell the urban insurrection, according to the Associated Press reports.

But he added the military is still "validating" the report and there is no way of independently confirming it.

Philippine military officials say the violence has left at least 138 militants and 58 government troops dead.

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The military earlier released a video of Hapilon and cohorts plotting attacks around Marawi City days before the siege began.

Immediately, the entire city became a battleground while more than 2,000 were stuck in the crossfire after thousands were evacuated.

In a press conference in Marawi on Friday, Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera said the military had uncovered 63 specific accounts used by militants that focus on "spreading propaganda messaging and misinformation".

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the entire island of Mindanao within hours of thefirst shots.

The announcement of USA help in the embattled southern region comes after Duterte has sought to reduce the Philippines' reliance on the United States and build much closer ties with China and Russian Federation.

"We give premium to the mosques, because this is very symbolic to our Muslim brothers", Herrera said.

Speaking at the end of her and Mr Turnbull's visit to Singapore, Defence Minister Marise Payne said the Marawi battle was a reminder of what "could prospectively come to pass" if the region was not careful.

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