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Snipers, bombs, mortars - Philippine troops battle against Islamists

04:58 EDT 1 Jul 2017 | Yahoo News

Snipers, bombs, mortars - Philippine troops battle against IslamistsThe two spoke quietly to each other as the sniper took three more shots across the Agus river into the militant-held commercial district of Marawi, now a battleground strewn with debris from ruined buildings. Thousands of soldiers are battling to retake the southern Philippine city, where militants loyal to Islamic State launched a lightning strike on May 23. The southern Philippines has been marred for decades by insurgency and banditry.


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