Middle East-based radicals send $ 1.5 million to seize a Philippine city

24.10.2017, the Philippines.

The Islamic State terrorist group (organization banned in Russia) sent $ 1.5 million to their Philippine counterparts to seize the city of Marawi, Philippine Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Eduardo Año said on October 23, Associated Press reports.

According to the general, the terrorists planned to turn the city into their foothold on the territory of the island state, just like they used Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, as their fortress. Mosul was in the hands of militants for more than three years.

The Philippine general added that the victory over ISIL militants (an organization banned in Russia) in Syria and Iraq, as well as the liberation of the Filipino city of Marawi from the Maute terrorist group (an organization banned in Russia), demonstrates that it is possible to fight against Islamic radicals.

The city of Marawi, which sits on the Philippine island of Mindanao, was captured by the militants belonging to the Maute terrorist group (an organization banned in Russia) in May 2017. Maute swore allegiance to ISIL (organization banned in Russia) in 2016. Due to the violence in the city of Marawi, President Rodrigo Duterte was forced to cut short his visit to Russia. The military campaign to liberate the city came to an end only on October 17, 2017.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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