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litary carriers in the Philipines jery-rigged to push through a militant kill zone. More than three weeks into the grueling campaign to retake the southern City of Marawi, troops tell Reuters, Islamist militants are breaking their advance with sniper fire, and molotov cocktails. Plus rocket propelled grenades that punch through armored trucks.
Soldiers have tried to improvise with wooden planks on their vehicles hoping to repel shrapnel. These soldiers aren't used to urban warfare and as Reuters Simon Lewis reports from the ground the militants have other advantages.>> Many of the fighters that the Philippine military are facing here are believed to be local, so they know the small alleyways and streets of this city quite well.
And they also benefit from the thick walls that the houses have and basements that most houses have, which is a result of the history of clan or family violence in this area.>> The siege of Marawi began under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte, known for his fierce and deadly crackdown on drugs.
The longer the fighting drags on in the city his strong man image may suffer.>> President Duterte has said on several occasions that this battle will be over within a number of days. And his army does say that it's tightening the news around these militants. But it seems that, they will have to fight for every inch to retake Marawi City.
>> The battle for Marawi marks the first time fighter linked to Islamic state have held territory for any length of time in Southeast Asia. Neighbors Indonesia and Malaysia say they're afraid it's a sign that as the movement suffers losses in Iraq and Syria, it could shift towards the southern Philippines to setup a caliphate.