Saturday, June 10, 2017

US Forces Join Fight against IS in S. Philippines; Assisting Local Troops to Recapture Marawi City

Special Operations Forces from the U.S. are helping the Philippine military kick ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants out of a southern town, the Slate website reports today (June 10, 2017).

The Philippine troops are having a hard time ending the three-week siege of Marawi City in the southern Philippines, where some 200 IS militants have taken positions in a corner of the town where an estimated 500 to 1,000 civilians are trapped.

The Philippine military emphasized the U.S. is providing technical assistance, and not boots on the ground, in the country.

The U.S. in the Philippine fight of IS comes just a few months after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kick U.S. military personnel out of the country after the U.S. criticized him for killing thousands of drug addicts.

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