IS try to take another town

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So another attempt from terrorist to take over a town. This story says that the Philippines army were able to chase them into the hills close to marshland where they have an established base.

If so since it's only marshland why dont they blow it to pieces. Use the new jets and whatever they have? 


Philippines military win back town from IS after brief standoff

Philippines troops won back a town from the Islamic State group on Wednesday, after hours' long battles with the militants in the south of the country.

The Philippines army finally won back the town of Datu Paglas, which was held by IS for 12 hours, after a surprise assault by the militants, according to Reuters.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier stated that Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) - who are linked to IS - were planning attacks on several towns and cities in the south, after their defeat in the city of Marawi following a five-month siege by the military.

Their aim is to establish their own hard-line Islamist state in the south.
Troops, backed by armoured vehicles, managed to drive fighters out of Datu Paglas and chased them into a hills, close to the marshland where IS have established a base.

Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Cabunoc, an army battalion commander said the military would "continue to disrupt the BIFF's plan to sow terror in communities".

Residents of Datu Paglas were still in shelters outside the town as soldiers clear the area of booby traps.

The Datu Paglas attack was believed to be a test for possible future offensives in the area.

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41 minutes ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

The Philippines army finally won back the town of Datu Paglas, which was held by IS for 12 hours

I wonder how many banks, jewelry stores, pawn shops etc they raided in those 12 hours.  It may be just about the money and 12 hours is plenty of time to get some.

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They were getting some beer to be ready for the party when I arrive in Mindanao on Saturday

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