Islamist kill 13 Philippine marines in war torn Marawi city

The military earlier released a video of Hapilon and cohorts plotting attacks around Marawi City days before the siege began.

It was discontinued in 2015 but a small presence remained for logistics and technical support.

The US has been helping the Philippines in its campaign against terrorism. Their relationship provided Washington with a strategic foothold in Asia, and offered Manila a shield against China's assertiveness in the region. Ominta Romato Maute, who is also known as Farhana, was arrested with two wounded men and several woman allegedly with assault rifles and other weapons in Masiu town in Lanao del Sur province.

On Tuesday, police arrested the father of Abdullah and Omar Maute, who has been transferred to a Manila detention facility amid fears militants might attempt to rescue him.

GMA News said the militants, who have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, had been armed with rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices during the clash.

Philippine military leaders have said their troops unexpectedly interrupted plans by the fighters to take over Marawi in a spectacular event to show that IS had arrived in the Philippines and was intent on carving out territory.

Islamic State claimed that one of its "lone wolf soldiers" carried out the attack.

Over 20 civilians have been confirmed killed due to the fighting, according to the government, but the true number is likely to be higher with authorities yet to fully assess the roughly 10 percent of Marawi still being held by the militants.


"These 63 accounts are spreading malicious information and misinformation that affect the information landscape and the mindset of every Filipino", Herrera told reporters.

"We don't have adequate surveillance equipment, so we asked the United States military for assistance".

US Special Operations Forces "have been providing support and assistance in response to Philippine government requests for many years", the embassy said.

"We give premium to the mosques, because this is very symbolic to our Muslim brothers", Herrera said.

"Our community standards do not allow groups or people that engage in terrorist activity, or posts that express support for terrorism".

The request for assistance came as a surprise for many, especially with the stringent stand of President Duterte against USA intervention in his local policies against drugs.

According to a Philippine army spokesperson, they have requested assistance from the United States concerning the ongoing operations in Marawi city.

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