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Philippine President Duterte Declares Besieged City 'Liberated'

Still, gunfire and explosions resounded as soldiers tried to clear what the government claims is the last pocket of resistance in Marawi City. A military spokesman said some 30 militants remained.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (on stage in brown) raises a clenched fist as he declares Marawi "liberated" during a ceremony in the Bangolo district of Marawi on Tuesday. / TED ALJIBE / Getty Images

Six months into a protracted battle with militants besieged in the southern city of Marawi, the Philippine military appears to be on the cusp of victory.

In a speech to soldiers in the city on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte was decisive: "Ladies and gentlemen, I

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