Former IS fighters within the Philippines | DW Documentary

Former IS fighters in the Philippines | DW Documentary
Muslim separatists within the Philippines took management of the town of Marawi and held it for 5 months in 2017. The military of the primarily Christian nation fought laborious to oust them. Now, former Islamic State fighters are recanting.

At a time when the so-called Islamic State (IS) was quickly shedding floor in Iraq and Syria, IS fighters took Marawi, the biggest Muslim metropolis on the Philippine island of Mindanao. To regain the territory, the Philippine military needed to interact in fierce house-to-house combating with excessive casualties on each side and amongst civilians as properly. Entire quarters of the town nonetheless stay in ruins. Two years later, 1600 former Philippine IS fighters surrendered their weapons and returned residence filled with regret. The Philippine state is accepting them, however they’ve to elucidate why they wished to combat for IS within the first place. Youngsters, a few of them no more than kids, and even whole households went over to the opposite aspect, pushed primarily by grinding poverty and ignorance. Now they dream of latest life and hope for forgiveness from their compatriots.

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