According to sources, the battle between Philippines forces and IS-affiliated groups+ is “like 26/11, going on for the past seven weeks”. The fighting has claimed the lives of at least 90 soldiers, 380 terrorists and dozens of civilians, according to reports quoting the local police chief. Hundreds are still held hostage as the terrorists battle advancing forces. The battle is still under way.
India is now the largest donor for this crisis. China, which is Philippines’ new best friend, came up with 15 million pesos in aid.
As Filipino forces attempt to clear the besieged city, they are reportedly encountering snipers, booby traps, all indicating that the terrorists have been around for a while. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte put the Mindanao province under martial law for 60 days and is on record to …