DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 P.M.) – On May 23, some 600 ISIS-inspired militants took control of most of Marawi in the southern Philippines after a surprise jihadist uprising by the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups prompted the Philippine Army and security forces to retreat from most of the city.
The following day, the military was ordered back into the city and began to deploy its elite assault formations in close-quarter combat with ISIS militants while airstrikes were called in from above to take out jihadist strong points.
Five months since the beginning of the insurgency, the Philippine Armed Forces finally declared full victory in Marawi while the leaders of the two aforementioned jihadist groups were eliminated.
Now, the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has released unique footage showing the battle depicted from both sides of events:
Although Maute and Abu Sayyaf have suffered an undeniable defeat in Marawi, ISIS-aligned militants are still active elsewhere in the country, carrying out occasional ambushes and hit-and-run attacks on government forces.