This kind of support would never have been forthcoming if Obama was still in office. “After 154 days of the siege of Marawi by the ISIS-inspired Maute-ISIS group … we now announce the termination of all combat operations in Marawi,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced.
Nikkei President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city’s liberation on Oct. 17 following the death of Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the Abu Sayyaf terror group and the anointed emir of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, and Omar Maute, leader of Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to IS.
The five-month battle killed more than 1,000, displaced around 400,000 people, and devastating large parts of the city, which is a center of Islamic education. Lorenzana said that martial law in Mindanao, which was declared by Duterte after the crisis broke out, will be reviewed.
Daily Sabah Hundreds of militants, many waving Daesh terrorist flags, launched the siege on May 23 in Marawi, by seizing the lakeside city’s central business district and outlying communities. They ransacked banks and shops, including gun stores, looted houses and smashed statues in a Roman Catholic cathedral, according to the military.
At least 1,780 of the hostages seized by the militants, including a Roman Catholic priest, were rescued, and a final group of 20 captives were freed overnight, Brawner said. That left the gunmen with none of the hostages they had used as human shields to slow the military advance for months.
Lorenzana said, the achievement shows how regional cooperation can contain the spread of terrorism. “In crushing thus far the most serious attempt to export violent extremism and radicalism in the Philippines and the region, we have contributed to preventing its spread in Asia.”
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