Fatal blows to Islamic State in the Philippines

Militant leaders' deaths may cripple the extremist franchise's immediate aims but the threat of new targeted terror attacks still looms large

Manila, October 20, 2017 2:17 PM (UTC+8)
Empty shells and cigarette butts are seen under a hole where snipers from the pro-Islamic State militant groups used to position themselves inside a house in the war-torn Marawi city, southern Philippines October 19, 2017.  Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
Empty shells and cigarette butts are seen under a hole where snipers from the pro-Islamic State militant groups used to position themselves inside a house in the war-torn Marawi city, southern Philippines October 19, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
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