Satellite images have revealed the extent of the injury accomplished to Marawi since terrorists started their rampage via town beneath the black flag of Islamic State.

The images present flattened metropolis blocks, authorities artillery placements and an enormous crater subsequent to the dome of an unscathed Islamic centre.

The images have been revealed by Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence web site and present the extent of the injury inflicted by airstrikes and militants since preventing broke out on May 23.

About half the neighbourhoods within the metropolis have sustained severe injury.

The most hanging factor is the extent of the injury, says Sim Tack, a senior analyst at Stratfor informed CNN.

“We didn’t expect it to be that big. We heard about the airstrikes and artillery but it’s pretty bad throughout the city,” he says.

“When I’ve looked at other war zones, the closest thing to compare Marawi to is Mosul in Iraq. I haven’t seen battlefields where all houses were destroyed like that.”

Scott Stewart, vp of evaluation at Stratfor, stated the Philippine navy had “no choice” however to hit town as exhausting as they’d.

“We saw in Iraq and Syria what happens when you don’t move fast to dislodge militants from urban areas that they have taken,” he defined.

However, he added that no less than some of the injury had been brought on by the jihadists. “You can see ongoing fires. But the level of damage lines up with artillery barrage and airstrikes.”

One of the few buildings to stay intact is the Masjed Mindanao Islamic Center, in what may have been a deliberate transfer by authorities.

“The Philippines has taken on a similar approach to the US in modern conflicts, trying not to damage the mosques so not to be perceived as waging a war on Islam,” Mr Tack stated.

Images on the outskirts of town, to the east and northwest, present AFP (military) artillery positions, which Mr Tack says is according to the ways that the federal government has been using.

“We didn’t notice any big groups of military vehicles, basically we saw little groups of cargo trucks around the city,” he says.

“If you look at how the AFP has been fighting this lines up with this, house-by-house, street-by-street with infantrymen on the ground, supported by airstrikes and artillery.”

Mr Stewart stated that after the liberation of town, there would then be a “real battle for hearts and minds” to make sure the destruction of town is just not blamed on the federal government. If profitable, this may have a “deleterious effect” on Islamic State’s makes an attempt to construct a brand new stronghold within the southern Philippines.

Mr Tack stated it was now all the way down to President Duterte to win over the residents of town. “I think it’s notable that you already see him talking about reconstruction funds, trying to own the narrative — IS will say that the AFP destroyed the city,” he stated.

“The counter-narrative is reconstruction, they’re going to be the fixers of Marawi rather than the destroyers.”

Source: philippineslifestyle

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