October 23, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
The Philippine defense chief has declared an end to the five-month operation aimed at liberating the southern city of Marawi, which was under a siege by ISIS-affiliated militants, PressTV reported.
Speaking at an annual meeting of Southeast Asian defense ministers on Monday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, “There are no more militants inside Marawi City.”
Lorenzana revealed that 42 bodies of the last group of ISIS that were holed up in two buildings and a mosque in the area were recovered.
“Those are the last group of stragglers of Mautes [ISIS] and they were caught in one building so there was a firefight, so they were finished,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte on October 17 first declared the liberation of Marawi despite the military at the time saying it was still battling with militants.
ISIS first stormed and took over the city five months ago and since then Filipino forces have battle with the terrorist organisation to take it back.