Pakistani forces have killed and arrested dozens of suspects after a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine left 80 people dead. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
President Duterte had requested the extension to combat remaining militants who want to establish an "Islamic State" base on the southern island of Mindanao. Ongoing fighting there has displaced half a million people.
More than two years after joining the conflict, the Russian president has announced Moscow's partial departure. But he warned that "if terrorists again raise their head," Russia will deliver strikes "they haven't seen."
Often portrayed as proponents of "soft Islam," Pakistani Barelvis were believed to be providing the "counter-narrative" to hardline sects. But their last month's Islamabad siege demonstrates a worrisome metamorphosis.
Who's fighting whom in Pakistan? Why does the country's powerful army continue to support some militant groups? DW examines the protracted conflict in the nuclear-armed nation and its possible effects on the region.
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