Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Yesterday it was Mosul, Iraq.
Think now Marawi, Mindanao, Philippines!
Marawi as occupied by Islamic rebels in conflict with the central government of the Philippines in Manila, city fighting as continuing into the third month now.
WELCOME TO THE ISLAMIC CITY OF MARAWI!
From a variety of sources.
1. "The Fight in Marawi City and the Struggles to Come"
2. "Marawi siege enters 3rd month"
3. "Rodrigo Duterte Says He Can 'Wait For One Year' to Clear ISIS Militants From Marawi"
4. "Philippines: Not A Sanctuary But A Deathtrap"
Read further from the wiki, that entry concerning the Battle of Marawi:
"The Battle of Marawi . . . is an ongoing armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del SuR . . . between Philippine government security forces and affiliated militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups."
Protracted and brutal urban combat. Fanatics as first on the offensive occupying Marawi and now defending against Filipino regular forces counter-attack!!
That size of the Maute force as occupying Marawi unclear. The wiki mentions five-hundred or so Islamic fighters as attacking a nearby military base. Filipino ground forces in action either four divisions plus or elements of four divisions plus.
"Because they (the Maute group) threatened to go down from the mountains to burn down Marawi? Go ahead, be my guest. We will wait for you there. Walang problema (No problem)." - - Duterte, 2016.
WELCOME TO THE ISLAMIC CITY OF MARAWI.