On Saturday, Special forces of U.S have joined the fight to beat Islamist militants who holed up in a southern Philippines town, according to the report. As government forces are struggling to make headway and 13 marines were killed in the intense urban fighting.
The military of Philippines said that the United States was giving all its technical assistance and had help to an end the siege of the Marawi City by the fighters allied to the Islamic State, which is now in the third week of this , but it had no way to boots on the ground.
Lieutenant Colonel Ar Herrera, the military spokesman said that they are not fighting. They are only providing technical support,” told this to a news conference in the Marawi City.
The U.S. embassy confirmed they had offered their support to them at the request of the government of Philippines, but they gave no more details about this. Media saith that On friday, a P3 Orion surveillance plane of U.S was seen flying over the town.
The co-operation between the longtime allies is important and necessary because President Rodrigo Duterte, who has came to its power about a year ago, has taken all the hostile stance toward the Washington and has vowed to eliminate the U.S. military trainers and suggestions from his country.
On May 23, The seizure of the Marawi City has alarmed the Southeast Asian nations which fear that the islamic State is facing many setbacks in Iraq and Syria as they are establishing a stronghold on the Philippine island of the Mindanao that could be a threaten for the whole region.
Near about 40 foreigners have also fought along with the Philippines militants in the Marawi City, most of them are from Indonesia and Malaysia, though some of them come from the Middle East.
On friday, The Philippines military has suffered one of its biggest one-day loss as since 10 troops were killed in a friendly-fire incident on June 1. Herrera said that 13 marines conducting the clearing operations died after an “intense” house-to-house firefight during which they encountered the improvised explosive devices and were attacked by the rocket-propelled grenades.
58 people who are the security forces get their way towards the death in this fight along with the twenty civilians and more than a hundred rebel fighters are also killed in this Marawi fighting.
REPORTS OF MAUTE BROTHERS KILLED:
There are at least 200 militants are hanged up in a corner of the town. An estimated of 500 to 1,000 civilians are holded down there, out of which some being held as the human shields, while others are hiding in their own homes with no access to drinking water, electricity or food for their living.
The military said that they was making a way in the town but was proceeding carefully so as not to destroy mosques where some of the militants had taken up positions.
Herrera said on Friday that they give premium to the mosques, because that was very symbolic to their Muslim brothers..
Christian are in majority in The Philippines, but Mindanao has a large no of population of Muslims and Marawi City is also consist mostly of Muslim.
Maute group is One of the main Islamist state dug in and around the heart of the city, a relative newcomer amid the throng of the insurgents, the separatists and also the bandits on the Mindanao.
Herrera said that the military was following the reports about the two Maute brothers who founded the group had also been killed. He added to his speech that they are still awaiting confirmation.”We are still validating for those reports but there are strong indications about their death” he said.
Maute joined the forces with the Isnilon Hapilon ,last year who was appointed by the Islamic State as its Southeast Asia “emir”. Military officials believe Hapilon is still in the town.
The military has said that they are aiming to end the fight by Monday, and will then celebrate the Philippines’ independence day.