Aus­tralia of­fers ad­di­tional mil­i­tary help to Philip­pines

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CAN­BERRA,

Aus­tralia -- Aus­tralia's for­eign min­is­ter said her coun­try has of­fered to help train the Philip­pine mil­i­tary in its fight against ex­trem­ists linked to the Is­lamic State group.

Aus­tralia al­ready sent sur­veil­lance planes to help the Philip­pines, where the south­ern city of Marawi has been un­der siege for months by the Maute Group who pledged al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State.

In a re­cent video, the ter­ror­ists sin­gled out Aus­tralia and the United States as key back­ers of the Philip­pines mil­i­tary of­fen­sive in Marawi.

On Tues­day, For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop said that Aus­tralia was pre­pared to send ad­di­tional help in the form of train­ing for the Philip­pine mil­i­tary.

(AP)

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