He will participate in a meeting of defense ministers led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Philippines from Monday to Wednesday and then lead the USA presidential delegation to the funeral of the late Thai king in Bangkok on Thursday. "In crushing thus far the most serious attempt to export violent extremism and radicalism in the Philippines and the region, we have contributed to preventing its spread in Asia".
21 de octubre de 2017, 11:51Manila, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) After the liberation of the Philippine city of Marawi, its inhabitants must still wait to return to it because the military cleared areas with explosives left by terrorists linked to ISIS or Islamic State.
Hundreds of gunmen who had pledged allegiance to IS rampaged through Marawi, the Islamic capital of the mainly Catholic Philippines, on May 23, then took over parts of the city using civilians as human shields.
The last militants in southern Marawi city were declared "finished" on Monday, ending a five-month siege that raised worry of the group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia.
Hishammuddin Hussein says even though Malaysian militant Mahmud Ahmad is said to have been killed in Marawi, the terror threat will continue if it is not dealt with.
"One of the first things I'm going to do when I get there is commend the Philippine military for liberating Marawi from the terrorists", Mattis told reporters on board a flight to the Philippines to attend the security meeting in Clark.
"Our government forces will try to do everything to finish the firefight today", Brawner said in a news conference on Sunday in Marawi. "It's a wake-up call for all of us".
Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-Islamic State group militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen inside, two security officials said today.
The five-month long battle for Marawi City is finally over.
Lorenzana said there were no more militants, known locally as coming from the Maute group.