The Philippines city of Marawi has reportedly been taken by ISIS in
the most brutal way imaginable. According to the Amaq Agency, over 70
Philippines soldiers have been killed. However, the Philippine Army have
contradicted this report saying that only 8 of their soldiers have been
killed. It remains to be seen which report is the more accurate figure.
ISIS have set up check-points around the city in a manner reminiscent
of how they came to control cities like Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in
New pictures have been released by al-Masdar depicting the rapid conquest of the city by ISIS.
The rapid gains ISIS is making in Philippines could gain the group a
foothold in South East Asia. Unlike previous Islamist insurgencies in
Philippines, ISIS openly claim to hold regional and indeed global