Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) soldiers man a checkpoint at the entrance to Camp Darapanan near Cotabato City, southern Philippines. Officially established in 1984, the MILF has been fighting for an independent Islamic state on the island of MIndanao. It maintains a 12,000-man army that is based in various guerrilla camps and civilian communities throughout the central and western regions of Mindanao. The MILF is currently engaged in peace talks with the Philippine government and hopes to achieve a final agreement that would give the right of self-rule to the country's 6 million Muslims.

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