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Neighbors back Philippines against Islamic State-linked fighters

Region fears Marawi siege may be prelude to greater terrorist threat

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks a sniper rifle during a handover ceremony for equipment provided by China at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, on June 28.   © Reuters

MANILA/SYDNEY -- Countries in the Asia-Pacific are coming to the Philippines' aid in its fight against Islamic State-linked militants in the city of Marawi, in a bid to prevent Southeast Asia from becoming the terrorist group's next stronghold as it loses ground in the Middle East.

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