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Welcome home, soldier

Noel Celis, AFP

Posted at Oct 30 2017 05:52 PM

Welcome home, soldier

A Philippine soldier kisses his son as he arrives at the port of Manila on Monday, with some 500 personnel composed of marines, sailors, aviators and intelligence operative after a five-month deployment against Islamic State supporters in Marawi City. The main battle area of a southern Philippine city where Islamic State supporters waged a five-month war resembled a tsunami-hit wasteland, while bullet-riddled mosques and a web of tunnels reveal some of the gunmen's hide and strike tactics.