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Romeo Brawner said troops were aiming to end the crisis before midnight Sunday.
He said the remaining gunmen, who include some Indonesian and Malaysian fighters, have the option of surrendering, or they can either be captured or killed.'Our government forces will try to do everything to finish the firefight today,' Brawner said in a news conference in Marawi.
Washington has backed efforts by the Philippines, a treaty ally, to combat terrorism for years.'This is yet another example of how the US is supporting our friend, partner and ally in the fight against terror,' Koscina said.
The Philippine military believes that Mahmud bin Ahmad, a top Malaysian militant and close associate of Hapilon, had also been killed in the Marawi clashes, although his body has yet to be recovered by troops.
Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.
A soft-spoken Islamic preacher born to a family of militants on southern Basilan island, Hapilon had been linked to several major attacks in the southern Philippines, including kidnappings, bombings and attacks on urban centers.
Philippine soldiers showed off the dead bodies of Hapilon and Maute as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte symbolically declared the region liberated last week.
Hundreds of militants, many waving Islamic State group-style black flags, launched the siege on May 23 in Marawi, a bastion of Islamic faith in the south of the largely Roman Catholic Philippines, by seizing the lakeside city's central business district and outlying communities.
They ransacked banks and shops, including gun stores, looted houses and smashed statues in a Roman Catholic cathedral, according to the military.