A brand new propaganda video launched by the so-called Islamic State (IS) celebrates the death and destruction wrought in Marawi.
The Inside the Khilafah [caliphate] video – the third in a collection of the identical title – glorifies the actions of terrorists, who’ve held out in the most important Muslim majority metropolis in the Philippines since May 23.
The video, revealed by the SITE Intelligence Group, boasts of how jihadists freed prisoners from the native jail and desecrated church buildings.
The American English-speaking narrator, who has narrated different movies for ISIS’ Al-Hayat Media Centre, mentioned the occupation took root in Marawi as a result of the Philippine authorities tried to “subjugate the Muslims” and “expel them from the land”.
The video additionally reveals baby troopers engaged in battle with state forces and rehashes footage that surfaced in June exhibiting militants trashing a church.
The narrator says: “After all their efforts it would be the religion of the cross that would be broken. The crusaders’ enmity toward the Muslims only served to embolden a generation of youth.”
One of the jihadists, vowing that “we will make more revenge,” holds up a photograph of Pope Francis. “We will be in Rome, inshallah,” he says repeatedly earlier than pointing his gun on the pontiff’s image.
The narrator additionally says that President Duterte “ran to his masters, the defenders of the cross, America, together with their regional guard canine Australia, and begged them for assist, and regardless of having been beforehand insulted by Duterte, they had been fast to place their variations apart.
“America is continuing to be drawn into the lands of the Muslims all over the globe to be weakened and to bleed to death at the hands of the believers.”
The video additionally reveals a map of what it calls “America’s War on Islam” that includes Iraq, Syria, Sinai, West Africa, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Philippines.
With the fear group persevering with to lose floor in the Middle East, the video promotes Mindanao, and Marawi in specific, as a “land of hijrah and jihad”. Bizarrely, the narrator then waxes lyrical in regards to the pure fantastic thing about the area.
Earlier this month, one other IS video was launched that includes an Australian jihadist in Syria urging assaults on the Philippines.
Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana mentioned this month that Marawi may very well be liberated in “a month or two” — nevertheless a month earlier than this, he mentioned the terrorists can be defeated inside a month.
Today (Thursday, August 24) it has been reported that fighters have been cleared from their strongholds in town’s central mosques.