Philippines declares it has ‘defeated’ ISIS in five-month campaign

A five-month battle against ISIS in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,100 lives has ended after a final battle inside a mosque.

Soldiers killed 42 militants including two women and five foreign jihadists in the terror group’s last stand in the southern city of Marawi.

The conclusion of the conflict ended immediate fears that the extremist terror group would establish a Southeast Asian base in the city. But concerns remain about its longer-term intentions and capabilities in the region.

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  • BillyHW

    It was their last Merry Christmas.

  • ontario john

    Maybe little Justin can send an envoy there, to investigate the persecution of muslims.

    • gxp01

      Mind your mouth; he just might…

  • simus1

    Funny how things get done in a hurry when leaders who like “action” more than long term thieving opportunities get elected.

  • Now:
    1 – close all the mosques
    2 – arrest any remaining mullahs and
    3 – confiscate any and all money associated with jihad.

  • DaninVan

    Remember my comment a couple of days ago re ‘Rules of Engagement’?
    “1)…Kill them.”
    Who knew the Philippine military read BCF?! 😉

    • Norman_In_New_York

      “Kill them” is President Duterte’s standard operating procedure against lawlessness, terrorism and insurrection.

  • Malcolm Y

    OK, this is me too, but what’s the big deal about killing off these violent retards. What is it that makes us just piss around all the time?