DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 P.M.) – The Philippine Armed Forces are slowly regaining lost urban territory in the embattled city of Marawi, advancing through its western suburbs towards the city center and harbour which remain under Islamic State control for now.

Thus far, at least 35 ISIS insurgents have been killed. However, some 80 government troops and 9 civilians have died since clashes began on Tuesday with the ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups capturing most of the provincial capital of Lanao at the time.

New footage of counter-insurgency operations and army reinforcements arriving in Marawi:

The attack on Marawi, a mainly Muslim city of 200,000 residents, has led to a fierce four-day battle, with the army deploying attack helicopters and special forces.

While up to 90 percent of Marawi’s people have fled amid the fighting, many who were trapped or refused to leave their homes have impeded military assaults, officials said.

Philippine fighter aircraft also unleashed rocket fire against militants on Saturday, prompting villagers to hoist white flags to avoid being targeted.

Pictures of Islamic State militants recently emerged through Amaq Agency, reaffirming their presence across Marawi. A recent ambush also took place in the countryside south of the city where ISIS snipers have increased their activity.

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Air attacks against a guerrilla insurgency are hardly effective without massive ground support . Attacking a defensive insurgency with ground support can lead to 1 to 3 death ratio defenders v. attackers. The situation is largely out of ground control when government needs “air support”. The government will under estimate its losses and over estimate its kills to prevent desertion and maintain morale. Instead of 80 dead troops there are likely 160 to 240 dead and five hundred injured government troops. At least 35 died but many were called “terrorist” when they are civilians. It is much worse than government… Read more »
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When IS said they killed 80, Filipinos medias said it was only 8.
In case you wouldn’t have noticed, Amaq usually multiply by 4-10 their “successes”.

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Well sait Mark. However, the 1 to 3 ratio is true in the case of equal arms between the defenders and attackers which is not the case, YET, there.

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And in case none wears body armours, has thermal sighting, etc etc etc. Visibly, most of Filipinos soldiers wear body armours and have fun to pierce a Level IV protection, few calibres can and they’re not too practical for urban warfare as most of the time, riffles weight near 15kg. Moreover, Abu Sayyaf is accustomed to jungle warfare, not at all to urban warfare. If we see them into Marawi now, it’s because Govt. has managed to oust them from their jungle strongholds and they have lost any support they could get from some independentists they could have got before… Read more »