Saturday, September 21, 2013

Battle of Zamboanga City - September 2013

The Battle of Zamboanga City is an ongoing conflict that began on Sept. 9, 2013, when a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)  seized hostages in Zamboanga City and attempted to raise the flag of the self state which declared its independence earlier in August, at City Hall. This armed incursion has been met by -proclaimed Bangsamoro Republik, athe Armed Forces of the Philippines, which seeks to free the hostages and expel the MNLF from the city, The standoff has degenerated into urban warfare, and has brought parts of the city under standstill for days.

Closed Zamboanga International Airport

MNLF guerillas and their hostages

MNLF guerillas and their hostages

Philippine government troops arrives in Zamboanga from nearby provincial garrisons.

Government troops and the usual Uziseros in the background.

Andrews Air Base , Zamboanga City

Port of Zamboanga

A young man in great anguish on the burning of their house.

Vice President Binay on his failed ceasefire mission.

Evacuation camp for residents of Zamboanga

Childrens playing in the evacuation camp.

Tents donated by USAID

From left to right :  Dinky Soliman the DSWD Sectretary, Mayor Beng Climaco, Vice Pres. Roxas, and some military officers.

Temporary tents of evacues.

A Philippine Navy LST bringing relief goods for evacues.

Little Sophie's  goodbye to her father.

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The MNLF guerillas 

 Captured MNLF guerillas at Zamboanga City jail.

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Zamboanga Crisis - part 1

Zamboanga Crisis - part 3

Zamboanga Crisis - part 4

Day 12: When will the Zamboanga city crisis end ?

Day 18 of Zamboanga Crisis
Heal Our Land Zamboanga

Another soldier killed in Zambo clearing operations

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Related links :

Zamboanga City : A visual diary.

Standoff could have ended day 5 - September 13 if ....

Tausug police, soldiers lead fight vs MNLF

A Nation Under Endless Tyranny - 2nd Edition

Philippines : Mistreatment , Hostage-taking in Zamboanga
Rights worker decries treatment of children in Zamboanga crisis.

The Mindanao Conflict and the Jabidah Massacre

The Battle of Bud Dajo – Jolo Sulu

Battle of Bud Bagsak in Sulu

Images of Muslim Mindanao during the colonial era.

The Land of the Moros

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) website

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) website

Causes of the sudden eruption of Filipino-Moro War in Zamboanga City