first published on May 17, 2019 by Will
Here’s a remixed look at the battle footage from the battle for Marawi in the Philippines, when the AFP routed heavily armed internationally-backed Islamists out of a heavily populated urban environment.
Much of the fighting was house-to-house, street-to-street close quarters battle. The AFP demonstrated that they are a well-trained, capable, and determined fighting force.
A segment of the video I found interesting was the interview fragment with a Filipino soldier who agreed that you cannot kill an ideology like ISIS, but you can render it irrelevant.
The battle began in May 2017 and lasted five months before the terror leaders were killed and the Philippines military declared victory. The fighting resulted in the death of 920 fighters, 165 government soldiers, and displaced 300,000 civilians from their homes. The siege became the longest urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines.