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Philippine, US forces battling terrorists for city of 200,000

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 18:18:52-04

(CNN) - Half a world away from Iraq and Syria, ISIS is battling the government of the Philippines in Marawi, a city of 200,000, which they captured last month.

American forces are on the ground helping in that fight, and President Duterte has declared martial law. The militant leader is the elusive Isnilon Hapilon.  

CNN Christiane Amanpour interviewed Ruben Carranza,  a former assistant secretary of national defense in the Philippines, and now director of the International Center for Transitional Justice.  

He was asked how he thinks the insurgency in the Philippines fits into the ISIS phenomenon.

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