Sin­ga­pore of­fers Manila drones

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Sin­ga­pore said yes­ter­day it has of­fered sur­veil­lance drones and ur­ban war­fare train­ing to Philippine troops bat­tling Is­lamist fight­ers, to pre­vent the mil­i­tants be­com­ing en­trenched and threat­en­ing the rest of South­east Asia. Philippine troops have been bat­tling to dis­lodge mil­i­tants loyal to the Is­lamic State group who seized parts of the south­ern city of Marawi on May 23 in a bid to es­tab­lish a base in the Min­danao re­gion, which shares sea bor­ders with Malaysia and Indonesia. IS has said it plans to es­tab­lish a caliphate in South­east Asia as it did in parts of Iraq and Syria. Sin­ga­pore’s de­fense min­istry said its of­fer in­cludes the use by Filipino troops of its ur­ban war­fare train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a de­tach­ment of drones.

JAKARTA: In this file photo, mem­bers of Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia hold posters dur­ing a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia. — AP

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