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U.S. Backs Bid To Reclaim Marawi As 13 Philippine Marines Killed In Fighting

Soldiers float a lorry by a Marawi city travel in a Philippines on Saturday. U.S. special army are providing support to a troops battling to retrieve a southern city, that has been partly underneath Islamist belligerent control for roughly dual and a half weeks.

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Soldiers float a lorry by a Marawi city travel in a Philippines on Saturday. U.S. special army are providing support to a troops battling to retrieve a southern city, that has been partly underneath Islamist belligerent control for roughly dual and a half weeks.

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The Philippine troops suffered a misfortune day nonetheless in a quarrel to retrieve Marawi from ISIS-linked militants, losing 13 marines during complicated door-to-door fighting on Friday. Yet a casualties — that pierce a series of troops deaths there to 58 — symbol only a “temporary setback,” a Philippine troops orator said.

It “has not discontinued a solve a bit,” Col. Edgard Arevalo said, according to The Associated Press. “It instead primed adult a integrity to continue a advantageous advances to vacate a enemy, save a trusting lives trapped in a fight, and set a conditions for a reformation and reformation of Marawi.”

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The news comes as a U.S. has assimilated a quarrel in Marawi, charity a Philippine troops assistance “pertaining to exercises, training, technical assistance,” another Philippine troops orator pronounced progressing this week. Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera combined that a U.S. special army there are not directly intent in a fighting.

The U.S. Embassy in a Philippines reliable a pierce in a matter expelled to several media outlets.

‪”At a ask of a supervision of a Philippines, US special operations army are aiding a (Armed Forces of a Philippines) with ongoing operations in Marawi,” a embassy said, according to a Philippine news use Rappler. The U.S. will “continue to work with a Philippines to residence common threats to a assent and confidence of a countries, including on counterterrorism issues.”

The AP confirms saying a U.S. Navy notice aircraft high in a skies above Marawi on Friday, observant it “flew above rocket-firing Philippine helicopters that struck belligerent positions, causing plumes of fume to vapour skyward.”

An airstrike rips by a suspected belligerent hideout in Marawi on Friday. The U.S. is now providing “technical assistance” in a quarrel to retake a city, according to a Philippine troops spokesman.

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An airstrike rips by a suspected belligerent hideout in Marawi on Friday. The U.S. is now providing “technical assistance” in a quarrel to retake a city, according to a Philippine troops spokesman.

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Reuters records that during slightest 200 militants — led by a Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups, both of that have affianced devotion to ISIS — sojourn holed adult in a city with about 500 to 1,000 trapped civilians. The militants have been regulating some of these civilians as tellurian shields, Herrera said.

“The pivotal member we saw in a firefight with a marines [on Friday] was how a terrorists are regulating mosques,” he said, as Rappler reports. “The enemies took defensive positions there. They also used civilians as tellurian shield.”

Militants have tranquil poignant chunks of a city given May 23, when a raid to constraint Isnilon Hapilon, Abu Sayyaf’s leader, devolved into long violence. The Two-Way has reported that an fondness of nonconformist groups have hold out opposite a encircle regulating reserve stored in municipal sites such as mosques and schools, as good as a network of subterraneous tunnels.

Yet a militants seem to have suffered a vital reversal recently themselves.

Herrera says a Philippine troops is “still available confirmation” that a Maute brothers, dual leaders of a belligerent occupation, were killed in a fighting this week — but, as Reuters reports, Hererra says “there are clever indications” they were.