Philip­pine mil­i­tary needs 20k plus troops: Duterte

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has asked law­mak­ers to ap­prove the re­cruit­ing of 20,000 more sol­diers to tackle in­creased se­cu­rity threats fol­low­ing a bloody ur­ban siege in the south, his spokesman said yes­ter­day. Al­most 700 peo­ple have been killed, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial count, in over two months of fight­ing in the south­ern city of Marawi against Is­lamist mil­i­tants who have pledged al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State group. The mil­i­tants, wav­ing the black IS flag, have oc­cu­pied parts of Marawi since May 23, prompt­ing Duterte to de­clare mar­tial law in the en­tire south­ern re­gion of Min­danao.

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