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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:10 P.M.) – Another jihadist group based on the predominately Muslim Mindanao island has joined the insurgency against the Philippine Army after capturing a long-contested military installation at the town of Datu Salibo.

According to an official police report, the ISIS-linked ‘Jamaatu Al-Muhajireen Wal Ansar’ retook their training camp in the aforementioned town on August 29.

The group is notably considered a close ally of Maute and Abu Sayyaf, two ISIS factions which have been leading a jihadist uprising in the nearby city of Marawi since May 23. This in turn prompted Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the Mindanao region.

In the same time, the Philippine Army and its newly established ally, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), are making steady progress inside Marawi city itself.

On Friday morning, pro-government forces officially recaptured the Bayabao bridge, one of three bridges leading to the city centre of Marawi.

According to government officials, three Philippine Marines were killed-in-action and 52 wounded during the battle for the bridge.

On the other hand, Amaq Agency (main ISIS media branch) claimed that some 50 Philipines troops were killed during clashes at Marinot, Bangalo, Raya Madia, Osmania street and the Bayabao bridge on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a MILF commander said that their fighters were preparing to launch a renewed assault on the newly captured ISIS camp in Datu Salibo town. He added that skirmishes began on August 26, resulting in the death of 12 MILF troops and 20 ISIS members since then.

Not long ago, ISIS released its first lengthy propaganda video covering the battle for Marawi in which the self-proclaimed caliphate claimed 335 Philippine soldiers had been killed since the jihadist rebellion began over three months ago.

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Daeshbags Sux
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500? Does Amaq has pictures? No?
=> Fake news!

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The Philippines has a long colorful history of successes against all foreign invaders including Americans. This cute reporter Chris Tonmson tries to write a cute report aiming to blow things out of proportion giving too much slant the progress of his SO-CALLED ISIS in the Philippines. The correct way to refer to them is ISIS inspired as there are no real ideologues or leaders who are being paid by US or ISIS directly.. unless he can show proof of the money trail. Anyways, if AMN wants to remain credible reports from this guy should be checked and double checked before… Read more »

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More like IpIS

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CIA backed islamist to counter the President Duterte stand against the US on the South China sea issue. Normal US foreign policy retribution.

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Majulah Bangsa Moro! Marawi is a matter of patience only. In contrary to the evil ziofascist forces (who only care for x-rated MILF’s), by orders of comrade Duterte the PH army takes great care to protect the civilians, the infrastructure and buildings including the mosques where the Daesh franchise is holed up. Therefore, they do not just bomb and blow everything into oblivion, what could be easily done to exterminate the subhuman scum within hours. Fighting from house to house, sometimes from room to room takes time, and sadly own casualties although the Daesh number claims are pure propaganda. But… Read more »

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what a shame for Philippines army not capable of securing country…. how there spy agencies not to know that ISIS is cooking there….

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It was mostly just the MILF militia protecting Datu Salibo camp, which is a tiny village over 200km away from Marawi. It’s literally nothing