Philippines declares it has ‘defeated’ ISIS in five-month campaign

A five-month battle against ISIS in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,100 lives has ended after a final battle inside a mosque.

Soldiers killed 42 militants including two women and five foreign jihadists in the terror group’s last stand in the southern city of Marawi.

The conclusion of the conflict ended immediate fears that the extremist terror group would establish a Southeast Asian base in the city. But concerns remain about its longer-term intentions and capabilities in the region.