War continues between state forces and ISIS in Philippines

Thursday, 1 June, 2017 - 11:36

The battle began on May 23 when the extremists, who have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, infiltrated Marawi. The jihadists quickly began fighting local security forces, capturing buildings, and setting up checkpoints.

According to Filipino sources, the jihadists are led by Isnilon Hapilon, former head of the al Qaeda-affiliated Abu Sayyaf Group.