29 Nov '16, 4pm

Filipino troops battle Islamic State-loyal forces for town

Filipino troops battle Islamic State-loyal forces for town

The jihadist flag flying over the town hall of Butig, Lanao del Sur. (Source: ABS-CBN News ) Elite Filipino troops have been deployed to the restive southern Philippines province of Lanao del Sur to wrestle back control of a town that recently fell to Islamic State-loyal forces. The group, dubbed the “Maute Group” in local media, is also called the Islamic State in Lanao. The jihadist group captured the town of Butig on Nov. 24 after raising its flag over the town hall. The Filipino military has stated that around 300 fighters are occupying the town. Over the weekend, up to 35 members of the jihadist group and several troops were purportedly killed in clashes near the town. According to local reports , troops from the Philippines’ elite Joint Special Operations Group have been deployed near Butig to assist regular army troops in battling the jihadist forces for control ove...

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