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ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« on: May 23, 2017, 06:21:17 PM »
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-isis-gunmen-soldiers-army-marawi-city-street-battle-terrorist-jihadi-a7751406.html
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A group of heavily-armed militants from a group linked to Isis have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army.

Residents of Marawi City, in the south of the country, were urged to remain indoors as at least 15 gunmen from a Muslim rebel group called Maute stormed the streets brandishing assault rifles.

The group, which is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, have reportedly received support from Isis.
Troops and a special police force were deployed to the city after residents in a nearby village raised the alarm and appealed for help.

President Rodrigo Duterte then declared martial law and a state of emergency in the province of Mindano. General Eduardo Ano, the military chief of staff, said at least one police officer was killed and eight soldiers were wounded in the fighting.

Im appealing to residents of Marawi City to stay home, drop on the ground if they hear gunshots," Mamintal Adiong Jr, the governor of the ​Lanao del Sur province told The Philippine Star newspaper. "They have to lock their doors and gates too."

Local reports suggested that the militants had entered a local hospital and raised a black Isis flag above the roof, although this information was officially verified by the army.

Witnesses reported seeing men in attire similar to that worn by Isis militants walking the streets before firing at houses and government buildings.

"There [were] no indications that an attack like this will happen. There are no checkpoints in the city," one resident said. "Everything is in silence. No news about the city government. Everything is vague."

Other links:
http://www.rappler.com/nation/170729-marawi-city-black-flag-maute
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/23/17/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/23/17/look-marawi-city-jail-dansalan-college-on-fire
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/898775/govt-troops-clash-with-abus-maute-in-marawi-city

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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017, 06:24:09 PM »
Scary world we live in. Here's hoping this situation is brought to a speedy resolution.

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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017, 06:28:47 PM »
Yeah :( The photos and posts from citizens are scary. The city is practically under siege. Seems like they have torched quite a few buildings and seized all the fire-trucks, so nothing can be put out now.


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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 09:32:37 PM »
My parents in-law are there now. About a 2 hour drive north of General Santos visiting relatives. Still a few hours away from Marawi but still, the exact reason I've been quite hesitant to travel there. Between the now suspended war on drugs, and Islamist terrorist threat, the Phillipines is not looking particularly stable right now.

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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2017, 09:34:41 AM »
My parents in-law are there now. About a 2 hour drive north of General Santos visiting relatives. Still a few hours away from Marawi but still, the exact reason I've been quite hesitant to travel there. Between the now suspended war on drugs, and Islamist terrorist threat, the Phillipines is not looking particularly stable right now.
Hope they have a safe trip mate.

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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2017, 09:48:06 AM »
Mindanao has had problems with Islamic extremism for decades with Abu Sayyaf, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and numerous other groups linked to the Wahhabi doctrine. Kidnappings and bombings are unfortunately nothing new to this island. I visited Bohol last time I was in the Philippines and it is an incredible interesting and beautiful part of the world. That said speaking to the locals and family members from the Philippines they just say parts of the country are like the wild west with corrupt, chronically underfunded and invective policing.
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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2017, 09:53:00 AM »
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Some things haven't really changed much over the years...

An amok was a Moro who, for a variety of personal reasons, went berserk and tried to kill as many of the enemy as possible before meeting his own, expected death. Juramentados were perhaps even deadlier, since they were religiously motivated, swore a formal oath before the proper Muslim authority to attack anybody considered to be a foe of Islam, and always struck when and where least expected. Although certain of their own extinction, those fanatics were secure in their belief that they would be whisked to the Muslim paradise for their valorous self-sacrifice, where, among other glories, they would be serviced by 16 virgins.
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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 09:40:26 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/24/isis-linked-militants-kill-police-chief-and-take-hostages-in-philippines?CMP=fb_gu

Parents in-law are leaving Tampakan in the South as troops entered the village earlier today. My mother in-law is born and bred in the Phillipines, but father in-law is British, safe to say he's pretty concerned! Heading to Cebu tomorrow anyway, brought their flight forward.

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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 11:44:08 AM »
I guess this is because the Philippines went to war in Iraq?
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Re: ISIS-linked Maute Group Storms Marawi City, Philippines
« Reply #9 on: Today at 02:06:05 PM »
Just seen this - my wife's friend's family was taken hostage, not sure of any developments.