Inexperienced Philippines army struggles against heavily armed ISIS terrorists in Marawi

In pictures: ISIS attacks Philippine Army convoy in Marawi, many armored vehicles captured

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – Heavy clashes erupted once again in Marawi on Wednesday afternoon local time after ISIS insurgents ambushed a Philippine Army convoy which was heading towards the city centre through its western suburbs.

Using anti-tank weaponry and various types of armaments, the ISIS-linked Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants forced the Philippine troops to abandon their armored vehicles after killing at least a handful of government soldiers.

In addition, jihadist fighters also downed a DJI Mavic Pro surveillance drone over Marawi:

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News

This represents the second succesful ambush conducted by Islamic State forces in Marawi since clashes began due to the ISIS uprising last week.

Despite reports to the contrary, at least half of the city remains under ISIS control, including all neighborhoods in downtown Marawi, the port in southern marawi along with the Mapandi and Bayabao bridges.

Nevertheless, counter-insurgency operations are still underway as the Philippine Army has enemy combattants outnumbered at least ten to ten. Some 500 ISIS fighters are said to be bogged down in Marawi with hundreds more active across rural Lanao which is under martial law.

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