Philippine marines killed in fighting with Islamic rebels

10 June, 2017, 17:38 | Author: Roberto Lindsey
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United States military special operation forces are now helping Philippine miltiary in dealing with Maute terrorists in Marawi City.

Both Maute and Abu Sayyaf have declared their allegiance to ISIL.

"As we have in the past, we routinely consult with our Filipino partners at senior levels to support the Duterte administration's counterterrorism efforts", the embassy said, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte.

"The local terrorist groups are using the mosque; they are entrenched there".

Tens of thousands have fled Marawi, which is the Catholic country's most important Muslim city, as the fighting ripped through residential neighbourhoods, with more than 200,000 displaced people now living in precarious conditions and vulnerable to deadly health risks, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned Friday.

In Marawi, military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera confirmed the US assistance, telling a news conference: "They are not fighting".

After days of fighting against #ISIS taking hold of Marawi city in the southern island of the Philippines, U.S. Spec Ops will finally jump into the scene.

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Herrera said security forces were struggling to contain the fighters without causing civilian casualties. An AP journalist reportedly saw a US Navy P3 Orion plane hovering in the skies above Marawi on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Smoke billowing from a burning building is seen as government troops continue their assault on insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City.

Their involvement comes after months of strain between the two allies stoked by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's hostility towards Washington and his pledges to evict U.S. troops, who have long provided training and assistance.

"The presence of our USA counterparts facilitates exchanges of intelligence ... and also provides training exchanges and, of course, the technical support that we are sharing together in the fight against global terrorism", he added.

The latest death toll in the ongoing fight for Marawi is 217, including 58 from the government side, 138 militants, and 21 civilians.

The Philippines military suffered its biggest one-day loss on Friday since 10 troops were killed in a friendly-fire incident on June 1. Their relationship provided Washington with a strategic foothold in Asia, and offered Manila a shield against China's assertiveness in the region.

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