Photos Battle For Marawi, Philippines, 2017

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The Battle of Marawi also known as the Siege of Marawi and the Marawi crisis was a five-month-long armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Philippines, that started on 23 May 2017, between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups. The battle also became the longest urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines.

According to the Philippine government, the clashes began during an offensive in Marawi to capture Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the ISIL-affiliated Abu Sayyaf group, after receiving reports that Hapilon was in the city, possibly to meet with militants of the Maute group. A deadly firefight erupted when Hapilon's forces opened fire on the combined Army and police teams and called for reinforcements from the Maute group, an armed group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and which is believed to be responsible for the 2016 Davao City bombing, according to military spokesmen.

Maute group militants attacked Camp Ranao and occupied several buildings in the city, including Marawi City Hall, Mindanao State University, a hospital and the city jail. They also occupied the main street and set fire to Saint Mary's Cathedral, Ninoy Aquino School and Dansalan College, run by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). The militants also took a priest and several churchgoers hostage.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines stated that some of the terrorists were foreigners who had been in the country for a long time, offering support to the Maute group in Marawi. Their main objective was to raise an ISIL flag at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol and declare a wilayat or provincial ISIL territory in Lanao del Sur.

On 17 October 2017, the day after the deaths of militant leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, President Duterte declared Marawi was "liberated from terrorist influence". Then on 23 October 2017, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that the five-month battle against the terrorists in Marawi had finally ended.

The casualties reported were as follows:

  • 978 militants killed (13 foreigners)
  • 12 militants captured (1 foreigner)
  • 168 government forces killed (12 by friendly fire)
  • 1,400+ government forces wounded
  • 87 civilians dead (40 due to illness)
 
SAF(Special Action Force) operator in combat operations in Marawi
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BATTLE OF MARAWI CITY 2017
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MARSOG(Marine Special Operations Group) in combat operations in Marawi circa 2017
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Philippines SAF police officers marching back home after the battle of Marawi 2017
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Mortar Firebase providing close fire support during the battle of Marawi 2017
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Philippine Army Special Forces in Marawi
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Marine Force Recon during the Battle of Marawi


Light Reaction Regiment during the Battle of Marawi
 
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! (Long live the Philippines!)
#Marawi
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More pics from the Marawi Siege. Small number of remaining and desperate militants are now mostly confine and trapped inside Mosques.

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A touching display of brotherhood and camaraderie among brothers-in-arms. This photo shows a marine officer embracing his troops after they successfully accomplished their mission of retaking a building previously occupied by Maute-ISIS in the main battle area of Marawi City.
 
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President DU30 visited Marawi for the third time last August 24

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Police Special Action Force in action in Marawi

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President DU30 wearing the new Army BDU and carrying a mini Galili rifle while visiting the troops in Marawi
 
If it works, then it ain't stupid :)
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LRR (Light Reaction Regiment) sniper team in Marawi City
 
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In a report issued by Joint Task Force Marawi Saturday, the body count included 242 terrorists, 3 policemen, and 56 military personnel killed in action. There are also 26 civilians confirmed killed by terrorists.
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Army Mobile Kitchens are now deployed in Marawi to help with the evacuees. CTTO
 

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