Aid to fight rebels
US SPECIAL forces are assisting Philippine troops in their operations against Islamic militants, the US embassy in Manila has said.
The assistance helps military commanders in their fight against the militants and was offered at the request of the Philippine government, said the embassy.
Meanwhile, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, chief of public affairs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said 13 soldiers died and 40 were wounded in a 14-hour battle between the marines and the Islamic militants in one of the villages in Marawi City, in the southern island of Mindanao. – Washington Post