US forces assist Philippines military as Marawi siege rages on

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AFP, Reuters and the Associated Press

© Noel Celis, AFP | Philippine Army Scout Rangers take positions during a mission to flush out Islamist militant snipers in Marawi on June 6, 2017

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-06-10

US forces are providing the Philippines with technical assistance to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to the Islamic State (IS) group, more than two weeks into fierce fighting.

Both Philippine military officials and US diplomats on Saturday insisted the American troops were not engaged in combat operations in Marawi.

The seizure of the city by hundreds of fighters who have sworn allegiance to the IS group, including dozens from neighbouring countries and the Middle East, has fuelled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia.

Thirteen Philippine marines were killed on Saturday in the battle against Islamist…

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