THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday said the recruitment of the ISIS-inspited Maute Terror Group significantly slowed down due to the surrender of their remnants and the death of one of their leaders in a recent encounter with government forces on Monday.
Col. Romeo S. Brawner Jr., spokesman of Joint Task Force Ranao, said, “Certain conditions indicate that the enemy’s recruitment has significantly slowed down following the surrender of Maute-IS remnants.”
He said that based on the statement of those who surrenderred to the government forces, most of the remnants have been isolated and have lost their will to fight following the series of military operations conducted by the 103rd Brigade in Lanao del Sur
Despite of these bits of information, Brawner assured that security forces are always ready to protect the community against any possible attacks.
“Nonetheless, our security forces are postured to thwart possible spoiling attacks to protect our communities,” he said.
It can be recalled that last Monday ISIS-inspired terrorist leader belonging to the Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP) was killed following an encounter with government troops in Sarangani on Monday.
Records showed that the Maute Terror Group which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State conducted a siege on Marawi City, the Islamic capital of the Philippines, on May 23, 2017, then took over parts of the city using civilians as human shields.
The ensuing US-backed military campaign to evict the militants claimed more than 1,000 lives, displaced 400,000 residents and left large parts of Marawi in ruins.
A total of 168 police and military and 978 Maute-ISIS members were killed in the five-month war.