The military admitted to being new to urban warfare. This is because soldiers are used to fighting in mountains or rural areas.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conceded that this is the reason why government troops are having difficulty in defeating the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.
This prompted the AFP to create new guidelines for urban warfare based on the military’s operations in Marawi.
“He also directed all the men, commanders and soldiers on the ground to gather the documents that could serves as the basis of the creating or drafting of a new doctrine pursuant to what we have learned in the operations sa Marawi,” AFP-Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.
Arevalo noted that soldiers had a different experience in its operation in the city, like battling terrorists who hide in concrete buildings.
“Yes urban warfare, we can see the different dimension of the operation in urban terrain. In the past we have the opportunity, but not to this extent, not this massive as these operations,” Arevalo added.
Aside from this, the AFP said soldiers were caught off guard when the enemy used its hostages as human shields.
In the latest estimate on the Marawi rebellion, 45 civilians were killed. Soldiers and police were able to kill 528 terrorists, while on 122 on the part of the government died in the still ongoing battle. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue