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Damaged houses and buildings are seen in Marawi city, southern Philippines October 25, 2017.
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Damaged houses and buildings in Marawi.
BULLET-RIDDEN

Photos: Marawi City in the Philippines is basically destroyed after months of fighting

By Steve Mollman

In early June, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte predicted that the recently begun fighting in Marawi City between government forces and ISIL-linked militants would be over in three days. He was off by five months.

Last week, Duterte declared the city, on the restive southern island of Mindanao, “liberated from the terrorists’ influence,” and earlier this week battle operations officially ended.

What’s left is basically a destroyed city. Now begins the rebuilding, helped by heavy equipment—excavators, dump trucks, cement mixers—recently donated by China. Judging by photos taken this week, it’s going to take a while:

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A sign reading “I love Marawi” is seen in front of damaged houses, buildings and a mosque.
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Graffiti reading “I love ISIS” is seen in a damaged building.
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Government soldiers stand in front of damaged houses and buildings.
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A damaged mosque.
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Damaged houses, buildings, and a mosque.
Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
Damaged houses, buildings, and a mosque.
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Damaged buildings and houses.
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A government soldier stands guard in front of damaged buildings.
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Damaged buildings and houses.
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Damaged buildings and houses.
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Damaged buildings.