U.S. special forces are aiding troops from the Philippines in attempting to break a now three-week-old siege of the town of Marawi on Mindanao island, a military spokesman for the Southeast Asian country said.
2017-08-8 The Pentagon is considering conducting airstrikes in Marawi, which if approved would later put U.S. troops on the ground to battle the ISIS-affiliated Maute group as well as related Islamist terror groups. A spokesperson later denied the claims as well as clarified that the Philippines has yet to make a request. Context: Marawi, Maute group, Philippines
2017-06-11 Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte says he is "not aware" of the United States providing support to the Philippine government's military intervention against Islamists in Marawi. Duterte also said that he "never approached America for help". Context: Marawi crisis, Philippines, United States
2017-06-1 Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announces the deaths of ten soldiers in Marawi as a result of a "friendly fire" airstrike. Context: Marawi, Marawi crisis, Philippines
2017-05-29 Philippine forces continue to battle Maute militants for the city of Marawi. Context: Marawi, Marawi crisis, Maute group
2017-06-4 Citizens remain trapped in Marawi, Philippines, after a ceasefire organised by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is broken. Up to 2,000 people remain in need of help after nearly two weeks without food. Context: Marawi, Marawi crisis