With more than 1,000 dead and after nearly five months of fighting, Marawi City is free from the stranglehold of terrorists. The city looks akin to Warsaw in 1945, Seoul in 1950 or Hue in 1968.
Still, the PI armed forces appear very salty.
Philippine Army’s 4th Light Reaction Company sniper team and Rangers from the 3rd Scout Ranger ‘Excelsior’ Battalion in Marwai. This bunch reportedly zapped both Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute, two very HVTs. Note the Remington-made R4 rifles, M203 40mm bloop tube and sniper’s rifle to the right. Also, chest rigs are the order of the day.