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Date: Jun 26, 2017

A powerful matriarch has emerged as one of the alleged kingpins behind the assault on a Philippine city that may herald the expansion of the Islamic State terrorist group across South East Asia.

Farhana Maute, 60, is suspected of funding the Maute terror group operated by her two sons, Omarkhayam and Abdullah, that has held Marawi, a majority Muslim city of 200,000 in the southern Philippines, under a brutal siege against government troops for the last month.

Mrs Maute, described as a wealthy businesswoman and political kingmaker from the well-respected Romato clan, is also reported to have used her influential status to recruit militants, some of them children, to join her notorious sons’ operations.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)

Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government says.  Mr Gustafsson, 42, is being flown back to Sweden from Africa, Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement on Monday.

He was seized by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) along with two other men, one of whom was freed in a dawn raid in 2015.  Ms Wallström said Mr Gustafsson was "in good spirits", local media report.  "It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Johan Gustafsson has been released," Ms Wallström added.

Read more: BBC News

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jiddah, as well as two areas in Mecca itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighborhood, located near the Grand Mosque.

There, police said they engaged in a shootout at a three-story house a suicide bomber, who blew himself up and led to the building's collapse. He was killed while the blast wounded six foreigners and five members of security forces, according to the Interior Ministry's statement. Five others were arrested, including a woman, it said.

Read more: Chicago Tribune

Iraqi forces have repelled counter-attacks by so-called Islamic State (IS) as they push the group into a corner of Mosul's Old City.

IS deployed suicide bombers in different parts of the northern city but the affected areas were brought under control, Iraqi officials say.

The Iraqi offensive to remove IS from the city is in its final phase.

The military has announced it has captured Faruq district on the north-western side of the Old City.

Iraqi TV said the national flag had been raised in the district, which is opposite the al-Nuri mosque and famed crooked minaret destroyed by IS.

The operation to retake Mosul, seized by IS in 2014, began last October.

The government announced the liberation of the eastern half in January 2017, but the west of the city, with its narrow streets, has proved more difficult.

Nevertheless, IS is now confined to 2.5 sq km (a square mile) of territory.

Read more:  BBC News