On Saturday, Philippine media reported that ISIS fighters remaining in the city of Marawi are now besieged inside the city’s grand mosque. ISIS fighters are reportedly holding at least 40 civilian as hostages inside the mosque.
On August 18, a military source of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that the ISIS-held area in Marawi is now just 800*600 meters. So far, 573 ISIS fighters has been killed by the AFP in Marawi city, while the AFP has lost 128 soldiers.
The ISIS-linked Amaq news agency released a new infographic on August 18 claiming that Pangarungan, Marinaut and Alaa districts in Marawi city are still under the ISIS control.
The infographic claimed that 335 AFP soldiers were killed, 37 of them by ISIS snipers during 86 days of fighting in Marawi city.
Amaq also announced that ISIS fighters burned a Christian church, destroyed 8 armored vehicles of the AFP and damaged one another.
The Philippines’ Secretary of National Defense announced earlier this month that the battle with ISIS in Marawi city might go on for another two months. However, if the Philippian media reports are true, the AFP might liberate Marawi city sooner.