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Old 08-25-2017   #101
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Default Marawi the most significant terrorist event in SEAsia since

An Australian commentary, which reminds us that:
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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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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
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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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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.


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

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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.


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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.
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