Since ISIS militants, the Maute group, invaded Marawi on the island of Mindanao, fighting has persisted. The city is in shambles. Almost nothing remains due to the airstrikes called by President Duterte early on in the fighting. While government forces have taken back some territory, about 100 militants still have control over inner neighborhoods of the city. Christians are still targets, and it is now estimated that about 350,000 people have fled, creating an even bigger humanitarian crisis for the Philippines.
06/27/2017 The Philippines (Taiwan News) – The rising toll of Philippine’s war with ISIS has caused blood and massacres in the city of Marawi.
It has been a month since ISIS-aligned fighters stormed the northern Mindanao city of Marawi in the Philippines. The crisis that started on May 23 of this year has been ongoing with fierce battles and extensive casualties being reported both of soldiers and civilians.
The Marawi crisis or the Marawi siege is the battle between Philippine government security forces and affiliated militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria (ISIS), including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups.
In the weeks since, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have slowly captured back territory in the city, but a stubborn remnant of around 100 fighters clings to a handful of inner city neighborhoods, despite the campaign of government airstrikes which has reduced much of the city to rubble.
ISIS militants have caused havoc and have killed at least 66 soldiers and wounded hundreds more. It is said to be the highest military death toll in recent Philippine history.
Reports claim that ISIS militants may have received some training and also have their hands on some advanced weapons, similar to the ones used by their original group in the Middle East.