DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – Despite being outnumbered at least 100-to-1, a small garrison of Islamic State insurgents are putting up determined resistance against the Philippine Army in the embattled city of Marawi.

On Wednesday, Amaq Agency released its fifth ever video covering events in Marawi, showing plenty of army corpses along with weapons recently seized by Abu Sayyaf and Maute, two jihadist groups that have sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi:

Meanwhile, official sources in the Philippine Army claim the total ISIS death toll has surpassed 500, backing up earlier claims by Al-Masdar News which were heavily disputed when the crisis began over two months ago.

Between 120 and 60 ISIS insurgents still remain bogged down around four neighborhoods in the city centre where the hardline jihadists have established entrenched positions and sniper nests after booby-trapping most of the frontline.

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Max
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Everyday reading reports of “dozens” “hundreds” of dead terrorists. And yet, they still come. How?

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Because they are cockroaches! Nevertheless, the video shows what? 4/5 corpses? A single RPG attack can score more. As in their habit, Amaq brags about hypothetical successes to boost the moral of their rats. Even if they take profit from urban warfare to last for a while in Marawi, they are doomed and don’t stand a single chance, they’ll soon all be history. It’s high time to use serious psychological warfare against the roaches. While highly “not politically correct”, using their carcasses to feed pigs and showing this will be absolutely efficient as, by doing so, you deprive fallen jihadists… Read more »

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Most of the deaths from the army side is from well-placed IED’s in the city centre
Just like the obviously staged RPG video where they shoot an abandoned armored vehicle, this is probably similar to this incident

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IS wants to imagine they have a future in the Philippines. Their demise is simply a matter of giving Marawi the “Mosul” treatment. At a certain point, you have to decide to use artillery and level the place flat.