Philippine Army: We Do Not Need US Reinforcements To Liberate Marawi

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Philippine Army: We Do Not Need US Reinforcements To Liberate Marawi

Soldiers are seen on board military vehicles in Marawi City on Tuesday, as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

On Wednesday, Col. Romeo Brawner, Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Group Ranao of the Philippine Army said that the liberation of Marawi city is the responsibility of the Philippine Army only.

Brawner’s statement is believed to be aimed at denying reports that the United States may carry out airstrikes against ISIS in the Philippine city of Marawi .

“No need for additional troops from other countries. The Armed Forces of Philippine is capable, we have enough ammunition and troops to finish the mission,” Col. Romeo Brawner said. “It is the responsibility of the Philippine government to protect our territory and our people ….foreign troops in our territory is against our Constitution.”

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Eduardo Año, said yesterday that a direct US military intervention “may only be allowed during actual invasion of the Philippines by another state actor”.

Meanwhile, ISIS commanders, Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute and Abdullah Maute may be still alive, according to some reports. These reports claimed that these commanders were not killed during the Marawi battle as had been previously announced.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier presented a P10 million reward for the killing of Hapilon, and a P5 million reward for killing each Abdullah and his brother Omar.

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  • FlorianGeyer

    US troops would only cause more problems and civilian tensions anyway. Added to that is the fact that the US military has a track record of aiding terrorists with ‘blue on blue attacks’ and the stock answer always is ‘ We ( the US military ) will investigate it’. The results are always complete bollocks.

  • Shhh

    I said months ago the rebellion was much worse than corporate media admitted.

    • Jan Tjarks

      And even the Philippine government fell for it.

      But the resources of Daesh are rather limited within the region, especially when they fighters are getting slaughtered all the time. This is what is important, to show the force to those who even think of joining these US proxies, as they are too stupid to understand that they are just serving their worst enemy by joining Daesh.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The ISIS group is much smaller than many think and doesn’t receive the support among the people as would many would believe.

  • Ma_Laoshi

    Hear hear. Whether the Philippine Army currently is capable as claimed is a rather big question mark. But if not, they need to keep at it until they become capable. It’s a tragic, bloody business; it’s also completely necessary–at least, if they want to have a country of their own.

  • Shhh

    Insurgency grows where there is no justice, Where there is no justice ……….there will be no peace. Western capitalism leaves large portions of male population without attention and respect from females.
    In pure capitalism women(and men ) only respect money not the family patriarch who lacks money. The insurgency draws from young men needing self esteem and female attention . The US invasion of Iraq destroyed self esteem of millions of young men. These disillusion men joined ISIS because ISIS offered self esteem to these men who had none . Wealthy young men with{ money }have some limited self esteem and influence of women and do NOT join ISIS. ISIS gives women to new male recruits because the recruits seek female attention.ISIS uses non monetary reward that support EGO of recruits. Opposing insurgency must address the fuel that makes it thrive, I suspect dominance over women motivates males to fight for ISIS .It is not a high salary. Although you may hate ISIS recruits remember that they are human beings seeking to satisfy basic human emotions. Every ISIS recruit as well as those who fight them is a human being. Those who fight against ISIS are paid professionals hoping to secure their personal relationships with their salary. Many well paid US veterans are depressed dissatisfied and unhappy including their personal relationships. Money often does not buy self esteem or family stability . Ironically some of ISIS fighters have more power over women than many of US military veterans. Interviews of ISIS recruits examining their relationship with women and the source of their self esteem would be very interesting. To choke out support for ISIS create a society where there is family stability social justice and men have respect from women .

  • EL ZORRO

    “Brawner’s statement is believed to be aimed at denying reports that the United States may carry out airstrikes against ISIS in the Philippine city of Marawi”…The UNITED STATES has a hight RECORD of “accidentally” BOMBING THE WRONG TARGET and especially if the “accidentally” bombed target is destroying their FUNDED MERCENARIES.