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PHOTOS: In Marawi, A Siege Threatens To Grind Into Stalemate

Even as Philippine authorities report progress, large sections of the southern city remain under the control of ISIS-linked militants — who officials now believe have been planning for this moment.
Philippine army Scout Rangers crouch in a classroom during a mission to flush out militant snipers in Marawi on Tuesday. Using these snipers, human shields and their knowledge of the city, the ISIS-linked militants have continued to maintain their grasp on parts of the city. / NOEL CELIS / Getty Images

After more than two weeks of bloodshed, brutality and the creeping danger of starvation, Marawi remains a city under siege. Philippine authorities are reckoning with a mounting death toll — which by many media counts is more than 170 people — as well as the looming threat that the siege might become a bloody stalemate.

The alliance of ISIS-linked militant groups that seized parts of Marawi on May 23 continues to exercise control over the urban center — or about 10 percent of the city, military Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano

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