DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:45 P.M.) – Footage emerged on Friday showing soldiers of the Philippine Armed Forces retreating after being targeted by an ISIS sniper in Marawi, a city in the southern Philippines which has been largely overrun by Maute and Abu Sayyaf, two jihadist groups that have sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Earlier in the day, ISIS militants also ambushed the Philippine Army in the countryside south of the city, resulting in the destruction of a handful of armored vehicles. A nearby army base was also torched by the jihadist insurgents.

Thus far, over 80 government soldiers have been killed in the battle for Marawi. On the other hand, at least 20 ISIS fighters – some of whom were from Indonesia and Malaysia – have been neutralized through a mixture of airstrikes and counter-insurgency operations.

The Islamic State still controls the police headquarters and main prison in downtown Marawi although the Philippine Army has made some progress in the city’s western and northwestern suburbs where most of the current clashes are concentrated after more government reinforcements arrived today.

The latest pictures of jihadist militants inside the city can be found here while other photos of a secret regional ISIS training camp are avaliable here.

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Chauhan Chauhan

all this years philipin army has not traiend in counter insurgency tactic sen them to syria and saa will teach Philipin army how to get rid of isil. Under US army training philipin army will not survive against isil bcuz US is supporting isil to get permanent base in philipin bcuz president wanted to remove us base so US/cia started dirty trick

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Daeshbags Sux

Stop smoking pot, it makes ppl parano abusing weed!

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lawmann josto

the sudden ability of isil to get a city in Philippines is fishy considering that Duterte wishes to get rid of america regime military bases in Philipines

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Abu-Sayyaf is doing s**t in the Philippines for decades.
They joined IS when IS was making big money through blood oil smuggling in the goal to get more funding for their shithad.
This is nothing new and they also get support from jihadi fanboys in Malaysia and Indonesia for decades too.
Unfortunately, even if the terrain is very guerilla friendly, 85% of Philippines is Christian and they also have one of the nicest law on Earth for gunfreaks.
More Abu-Sayyaf roaches ended killed by civilians than by the cops or army!

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Helmy Rifyal

hundred of soldiers run…