CHILD SOLDIERS: Troops preventing Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in Marawi have discovered themselves in gun battles with women and children.
The navy made the announcement right now (Monday, September four) as troopers launch a remaining push to finish the battle that has now raged for greater than 100 days.
Ground forces have been braced for larger casualties amid fierce preventing within the metropolis. The subject of battle is now confined to a small central space of Marawi. However, that is lined by snipers and suffering from booby traps.
Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez mentioned: “We at the moment are within the remaining section of our operations. We predict extra intense and bloody preventing.
“We may suffer heavier casualties as the enemy becomes more desperate.”
He mentioned that because the variety of fighters had diminished, women and children had been drafted into frontline fight. The ages of the kid troopers has not been verified.
“Our troops in the field are seeing women and children shooting at our troops. That’s why it seems they are not running out of fighters.”
New Islamic State stronghold
More than 800 individuals, most of them terrorists, have been killed since May 23 when militants took over elements of the biggest Muslim-majority city within the Philippines.
The battle is the largest safety problem in years for the largely Catholic Philippines, though it has an extended historical past of Muslim separatist revolt.
The resilience of the rebels has fanned fears that rebels have obtained help from international jihadis and supporters. It’s additionally bolstered claims that IS is eyeing the southern Philippines as a brand new energy base because it loses floor within the Middle East.
Lt. Gen. Galvez mentioned there have been some 56 Christian hostages — most of them women — being held. He additionally mentioned that about 80 male civilians might have been pressured to take up arms towards the navy.
He added that, on the present charge of advance, the town ought to be cleared of terrorists inside three weeks.
Intelligence had additionally recommended that rebels commander, Abdullah Maute, might have been killed final month in an air strike.
“There is no 100 percent confirmation until we see his cadaver. But this is enough to presume he died already,” he mentioned.
Abdullah Maute and brother Omarkhayam are the Middle East-educated leaders of a militant Marawi clan often called the Maute group.
Under the title Dawla Islamiya, this group has fashioned an alliance with Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon. The terrorist chief, who has been named as IS’s ‘emir’ in Southeast Asia, has a $5 million FBI bounty on his head.