Monday, October 23, 2017

Marawi City Siege -Philippines

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Marawi City siege is over

MANILA, Philippines  Oct. 23, 2017 — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday declared an end to combat operations in Marawi City, saying the capital of Lanao del Sur had been cleared of militants after five months of fighting.

"There are no more militants in Marawi City," Lorenzana, who was in Clark, Pampanga for an international summit of defense ministers, said.

He told reporters Monday in Clark that troops recovered 42 bodies of the last group of militant stragglers.
He said, “Those are the last group of stragglers of Mautes and they were caught in one building so there was a firefight, so they were finished.”

“After 154 days of siege in Marawi with Daesh-inspired Maute-ISIS group, after a week the commander-in-chief declared the liberation of Marawi City, we now announce the termination of combat operations in Marawi City,” Lorenzana told reporters on Monday.
The announcement came on the sidelines of the Asean defense ministers meeting (ADMM), a high-level regional security forum among member nations, being held in this former American air base in the country.

“The Philippine forces, aided by its government and the massive support of the Filipino people, have nipped the budding infrastructure and defeated terrorism in the Philippines,” the defense chief said.
The combat operations were ended after terrorists tried to make their last stand inside the main battle area.

After almost five months of battle, the soldiers are now confident to celebrate as they finally neutralized the top leaders of Maute Terrorist Group, Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon.

PATRIARCH AND MATRIARCH. Cayamora (1) and Farhana  Maute (2), parents of the notorious   Omar Maute (3) and Abdullah Maute(4) are the known leaders of the so-called Maute Brothers.
Family ties. While assuring everyone that no terrorist has been spotted in Cebu, the Cebu City Police Office released photos of several suspected terrorists, including (top row, from left) Cayamora Maute, Farhana Maute, Abdullah Maute, Omarkhayam Maute and (bottom row, from left) Mohammadkhayam Maute, Abdulrahman Maute, Abdul Azis Maute, and Hamza Maute.

MAUTE GROUP. Residents take photos of suspected members of the Maute Group from their house windows.

Islamic State inside Marawi city
Smoke billowing from a burning building is seen as government troops continue their assault on insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City

President Rodrigo Duterte poses with troops during his fourth visit to Marawi City. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go
President Rodrigo Duterte inspects firearms and ammunition during his first visit in Marawi city. Duterte made a visit after several failed attempts to express support and distribute care packages to military troops fighting in the besieged city
PRESIDENT Duterte visits the Tactical Command Post of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident in Barangay Kilala during a visit to Marawi City.
BEGINNING OF THE END. Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año (left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana show to media photos of slain terror leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon Monday morning, October 16, 2017.
Smoke billows from houses after aerial bombings by Philippine Airforce planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on September 17, 2017. The Philippine military said on September 17 it had captured the command centre of Islamic State group supporters who have besieged a southern city for nearly four months
JOURNEY TO SAFETY Residents fleeing the fighting in Marawi City queue at a government checkpoint as they make their way to Iligan City, where they will seek refuge in evacuation centers
>Male residents are frisked by police at a checkpoint as they leave Marawi city.
Soldiers escort rescued civilians in a village on the outskirts of Marawi yesterday. Families trapped in the clashes have been asked to prepare flags made of white cloth to signal government troops for rescue.

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