ISIS-inspired group attack city, Mindanao under martial law.

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    Gov't forces, Maute group clash in Marawi City
    By Ver Marcelo, CNN Philippines
    Updated 23:06 PM PHT Tue, May 23, 2017


    (CNN Philippines, May 23) — Government forces clashed with members of the rebel group Maute in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on Tuesday.

    Reports said armed men have taken over the Amai Pakpak Medical Center, with the group allegedly replacing the Philippine flag with a black flag, supposedly representing the Islamic State (ISIS).

    They have also reportedly blocked checkpoints in the vicinity.

    Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) First Infantry Division Spokesman Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera said the firefight started 2 p.m. at Barangay Basak Malutlut.

    "Nakatangap po tayo ng report from the community, meron silang nakitang mga armado...na-check po natin na ito pala yung ano, yung core group ng Maute, so nag-launch po tayo ng surgical operation para i-neutralize 'yung grupo na may planong mag-ano ng terorismo sa Marawi City," Herrera said.

    [Translation: We received a report from the community, they saw armed men…we checked that this is the core group of Maute, so we launched a surgical operation to neutralize the group planning to incite terrorism in Marawi City.]

    He added Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was among the 15 armed men seen in the area.

    Herrera said while firefight has ended, clearing operations are still ongoing, as at least five members of the government force sustained injuries.

    Redoble Adonis of Camp Ranao said a group inspired by ISIS attacked the 103rd Brigade, situated at Camp Ranao in Marawi City.

    "The AFP members directly blocked their way resulting to exchange of fire. Accordingly, not less than 500 members of Maute (Isis) tried to penetrate the camp. GT Marawi situated at Campo Ranaw, Marawi City is about 300 meters from the place of the attacked," Adonis said.

    However, AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said a combined military and police force initiated the operation in Marawi.

    "We received reliable info on Hapilon and a number of his cohorts. Updates to follow as the operation is still ongoing," Padilla said.

    Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra told CNN Philippines' News Night the hospital under siege is just about 2 km away from the city hall.

    "Right now, based on initial information, no casualties reported...we are coordinating with the military, wala po silang casulaties na sinabi," Gandamra said.

    There are eyewitness reports that the Marawi City Jail and the Dansalan Junior College were on fire.

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    Duterte declares Martial Law in Mindanao
    ABS-CBN News
    Posted at May 23 2017 11:26 PM | Updated as of May 24 2017 02:19 AM

    Duterte to fly home from Russia

    MANILA (3nd UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

    Abella, in a briefing in Moscow, said the President ordered him to make the announcement.

    He said martial law in the area will be in effect for 60 days, as stipulated in the Constitution.

    "This is on the grounds of resistance and rebellion based on what is happening," he said.

    "What the President has done is only for Mindanao including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi," added.

    Duterte's meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will be postponed as he will leave Russia at 10 p.m. Moscow time, to return to Manila, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

    He said he has spoken to his counterpart in Moscow and Russian officials understand the situation.

    Putin will meet Duterte later Tuesday, rather than Thursday, the Russian press secretary Dmitry Peskov was quoted as TASS news agency.

    "They understand that the President has to return to the Philippines. I will stay behind to sign agreements. The President feels he is needed in Manila ASAP," Cayetano said.


    3 GOV'T TROOPERS KILLED IN MARAWI CLASHES

    Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said 2 soldiers and one police officer were killed, while 12 others were wounded in ongoing clashes in Marawi City.

    He said the Maute group still occupies a street and two bridges leading to Marawi City.

    "The whole of Marawi City is blacked out. There is no light and there are Maute snipers all around so the troops are still on holding and several groups of element already joined them from other neighboring units," he said.

    Lorenzana said more troops will be brought into the city on Wednesday.

    He added that the Maute group has torched several facilities: St. Mary’s Church, the city jail, the Ninoy Aquino School, and Dansalan College.

    "No civilians are roaming around, they’re all in their houses but there are several houses that were burned surrounding the other facilities that were burned earlier," he said.

    The government urged civilians on Mindanao to stay in their homes or flee if it was safe, and the military said reinforcements of an initial 500 soldiers were on the way, but were being hamstrung by rebels blocking roads.

    The militants belong to the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State in the Middle East. Previous military offensives against the Maute, based in Lanao del Sur province, have lasted several days.

    Witnesses told local television that gunfire was clattering sporadically around the city.

    Brigadier General Rolando Bautista, commander of the Philippines' First Infantry Division, said security forces were trying to locate the militants.

    "Based on our assessment right now there are more or less 100 divided into groups of 10 in different locations," he told ANC.

    "Since they are advocating ISIS ideology they have to show ISIS that they are a force to be reckoned with," he said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

    Public Affairs Office chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, in a statement late Tuesday night, said "the situation in Marawi has stabilized".

    “Security forces are in full control of the situation," he said. “The armed men we are dealing with are not ISIS but members (of a) local terrorist group."

    He denied initial reports that the Amai Pakpak Hospital was occupied by Maute members and the people there were held hostage.

    “The Marawi City Hall was not occupied," he said. “The sporadic firefights heard were harassment actions by terrorist sympathizers that were conducted as diversionary tactics to divide the attention of the reinforcing AFP personnel."

    “Follow-up operations are ongoing. We cannot reveal other details so as not to compromise operational security," Arevalo said. “Meanwhile, we fervently urge our people to refrain from posting in social media information that would tend exacerbate the situation. Especially of photos and videos on the movements of our troops and on terrorist propaganda circulating through social media." - with reports from Greanne Mendoza, ABS-CBN News; ANC, Reuters

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    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    As ISIL gets pushed out of the Middle East they will increase attacks around the world to save face.
     
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    May be. May be not. Another point of view - ISIS is irregular forces of NATO, KSA and Qatar and it is an american answer on independent Duterte's politic. It is another (hybrid) war for Independence.
     
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    I was thinking. How about Europa & USA bring in a new terror law. For a person who live in Norway with his family if one of the family members do terror u get expelled out of the country. Or If he comes from another country and do terror to Norway. That country will need to pay heavy payment to families and our country. And if the country disagree there will be sanctions.

    Neah it was not so good. It was one of the American guy who told me to type it
     
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    Foreign fighters involved in Marawi clash —officials

    Published May 26, 2017 11:59am
    Updated May 26, 2017 12:31pm
    By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News


    Government officials on Friday revealed that foreign terrorists were involved in the clashes between the security forces and ISIS-inspired group.

    In a press conference in Davao City following the special Cabinet meeting the night before, Solicitor General Jose Calida said that ISIS named Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon as its emir or leader in the Philippines.

    “What’s happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens. It has transmogrified into invasion of foreign terrorists who heeded the clarion call of the ISIS to go to the Philippines if they find difficulty in going to Iraq or Syria,” he said.

    Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. confirmed Calida’s statement.

    He said that the group that attacked Marawi City included Malaysians and Indonesians.

    See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news...i-clash-officials/story/#sthash.WY5oJznO.dpuf
     
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    My sympaties are with you. Be strong - kill terrorists.
     
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