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    Default Marawi the most significant terrorist event in SEAsia since

    An Australian commentary, which reminds us that:
    Some 12 weeks later, the fighting continues and the toll in death and destruction climbs inexorably, much to the dismay and embarrassment of the Philippine military.
    Link:https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/ba...outheast-asia/
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    Default ISIS Recruits Fighters for the Philippines Instead of Syria

    ISIS Recruits Fighters for the Philippines Instead of Syria

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    Default ISIS in Mindanao: A Threat to the U.S.?

    ISIS in Mindanao: A Threat to the U.S.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    An Australian commentary..
    I don't see where the author has any experience outside of Academia.

    In any event, SWJ needs to look at Marawi as a MOUT case study.


    Why it took 5 months to end Marawi siege
    By: Allan Nawal - Correspondent / @inqmindanao
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:02 AM October 22, 2017
    MARAWI CITY — Soldiers lacked training and equipment for urban warfare which stretched the military campaign to rid the city of Islamic State (IS) followers to five months, according to a key ground commander here.
    Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of the military’s Joint Task Group Ranao, said officers had to improvise in terms of deploying troopers, equipment and using tactics to defeat members of homegrown terror groups Abu Sayyaf and Maute, who had tried to establish an IS base in this predominantly Muslim city.
    The government had declared the liberation of the city from IS, although fighting continued to finish off what the military now refers to as “stragglers,” or remnants of Abu Sayyaf and Maute, still holed up in the city
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    Philippine troops on Sunday were battling a final group of about 30 pro-Islamic State group militants who were surrounded in one building with all their hostages gone as a nearly five-month siege neared its end in southern Marawi city, a military official said.
    Army Col. Romeo Brawner said troops were aiming to end the crisis before midnight Sunday. He said the remaining gunmen, who include some Indonesian and Malaysian fighters, have the option of surrendering, or they can either be captured or killed.
    "Our government forces will try to do everything to finish the firefight today," Brawner said in a news conference in Marawi. He said the battle area centered in a two-story building near Lake Lanao where the firefight continued to rage at noon.
    "It's either they all get killed, because they're determined to die inside, or we capture them or they surrender," he said.
    A gradual withdrawal of military forces was underway with the easing of the fighting, which has left at least 1,131 people dead, including 919 militants and 165 soldiers and policemen. Troops continued to ask the gunmen, who are leaderless and running low on ammunition, to surrender by using loudspeakers, Brawner said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Piracy is a perennial problem in the waters around the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia known as the Sulu-Celebes Sea; with irregular Western media reports on kidnappings. This BBC report is an update, with a focus on multilateral action or inaction.


    Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39252503
    Islamic State in the Philippines
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    ISIS Threat in Philippines Spreads in Remote Battles

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    Hat tip to WoTR for this US SF veteran's commentary on the situation, alongside some history.
    Link:https://warontherocks.com/2017/10/fo...ot-the-answer/
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    Filipino Troops Credit U.S. Intelligence, Training for Helping Them Beat ISIS in Marawi

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    Liberated Philippines city lies in ruins, and its people seethe
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...cid=spartandhp

    Beyond earshot of officials and soldiers, people wonder why the army was so quick to pummel their predominantly Muslim city. They are also suspicious of the role played by U.S. Special Forces.
    With Islamic State fighters losing ground in Iraq and Syria, men and money may shift to Southeast Asia, experts have said. They will find in the southern Philippines an angry and vulnerable population, institutions racked by war, and a government, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, that sees shooting as a way to solve social problems.
    In other words: prime recruiting grounds.
    In that sense, what happened in Marawi is not the success that Duterte claims but a lesson in the limits of fighting extremism with force alone.
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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the army and police to shoot him if he becomes a dictator or stays beyond his term.
    The firebrand leader made the solemn warning on Monday to eliminate speculation that he ordered loyalists in Congress to change the constitution.
    His critics have raised concerns about the possible introduction of a federal system which would let him stay in power beyond 2022 when his single term ends.
    'If I overstay and wanted to become a dictator, shoot me, I am not joking,' Duterte told soldiers during an army base visit.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz551MNH7Nn
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    Twenty-seven sailors aboard the Philippines ship MV Kudos stopped 12 pirates trying to board the ship in the Basilan sea, by splashing the armed men with the concoction of hot water and oil.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-1...niques/9459238
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    MANILA (Reuters) - A U.N. special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared “terrorists”, according to a government petition filed in court.
    The justice ministry last month said it wanted a Manila court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), “terrorist” bodies, but made no mention of individuals it would also target.
    The petition, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, suggests President Rodrigo Duterte is following through on his threats to destroy a movement he now regards as duplicitous.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-p...-idUSKCN1GK0DO
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    Battle Of Marawi Intense Combat Compilation Of The Philippine Army Battling Terrorists.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCeVVoKI5hE
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    This seems to be a clearer and in places different version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5vELx3ie9I
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    File this under 'extraordinarily bad ideas'

    Malacañang said it sees no problem with the idea of a Chinese firm with proven track record taking over the debt-saddled Hanjin Philippines after a former Navy official warned against the shipyard falling into "wrong hands."

    "Kung Chinese company naman na dati na nating ka-deal at wala namang problema eh di walang isyu. Kung hindi natin kilala eh di siyempre we have to vet para malaman natin," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a news conference.

    Panelo also said talks about which company will take over Hanjin Philippines remains a speculation at this point.
    https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/mone...7XVtXCuzNfNltU
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    Default The Changing Actor Dynamics in the Philippines’ Moro conflict

    A rare UK report on the Philippines, albeit by an academic at Oxford University CCW. In summary:
    This blog article presents the latest actor dynamics in the Philippines' Moro conflict where two previously contentious separatist groups, namely MILF and MNLF, are now willing to cooperate. This is a momentum that should be carefully and timely seized by the Philippine government to bring some measure of peace to the country's troubled south.
    Link:https://conflictplatform.ox.ac.uk/ar...-moro-conflict
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    Default 'They fooled us': the men who left Isis in the Philippines

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    Default Intensive fighting between ISIS and the Philippine army

    Via an Israeli website:
    On March 12, 2019, sources in the Philippines reported on two days of fighting between Philippine army forces and ISIS-affiliated operatives on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The Philippine government ordered its citizens to evacuate several villages. Nine ISIS operatives and one Filipino soldier were killed (benarnews.org, March 12, 2019). Later in the day four more people were reported dead, as well as an ISIS operative killed in an exchange of fire (Philippine News Agency, March 12, 2019). ISIS’s East Asia Province claimed responsibility for killing 10 Filipino soldiers and wounding 10 others (Shabakat Shumukh, March 12, 2019).
    Link:https://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en...rch-7-13-2019/
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