ISIS in the Philippines: Child Slave Soldiers. A bloody fight grinding to a near stand still over geography. ISIS using slave soldiers and human shields.
Filipino troops fighting Isis-linked insurgents on the southern island of Mindanao say they have encountered armed resistance from women and children, the military has said.
Ground forces were braced for higher casualties amid fierce fighting in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, where the field of battle has shrunk to a small area in a commercial heart which has been infested with snipers and littered with booby traps.
“We are now in the final phase of our operations and we are expecting more intense and bloody fighting.,” said Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, who heads the military in Western Mindanao. “We may suffer heavier casualties as the enemy becomes more desperate.”