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Duterte tightens the screws on Mindanao extremists

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out

A Philippine soldier stands guard in front of damaged buildings in Marawi on Sept. 4.   © Reuters

MANILA/SINGAPORE As the Philippine military enters the final stretch of its mission to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamist rebels, the challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte is to prevent the violence from spilling beyond the southern island of Mindanao.

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