Australian TV journalist hit by bullet in Philippines city

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 16, 2017

The Trump administration - which has pledged to annihilate the Islamic State wherever it goes - also continues to provide weapons and military equipment to the Philippines, as the United States has for years.

The military told Reuters that 290 people have been killed so far, including 206 militants, 58 soldiers and 26 civilians.

IS also released a video on Monday via its Amaq propaganda news agency which it said showed extremist shooting six people in Marawi, according to the US-based SITE monitoring service. As of last year, there were 107 US troops as of last year, according to local reports.

Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera, a military spokesman, said troops were advancing toward the commercial center of Marawi City, which is held by the militants who have sworn allegiance to Islamic State.

The US presence in Marawi is complicated, and not just because of the possibility US troops could get drawn into battle.

The U.S. Embassy in Manila over the weekend said U.S. forces had started assisting local troops in the ongoing military operations in the Mindanao Island city, highlighting Manila's determination - and the difficulty it has had - to end the fighting, which has claimed some 270 lives.

Maj. Gen. Ganip Warsito, the regional military chief overseeing the closest areas to neighboring Philippines said Indonesia army, navy and air force have deployed extra troops to boost security in the region.

Most of the fighting has been confined to one section of the city, but there have been skirmishes and sniper fire in many areas. And they have invaded and come into this country already to wreak havoc, to burn, to kill, and what have you. "We are in the final stage of our operation in Marawi".

"There are some USA personnel who are operating equipment to provide information on situation awareness to our troops", spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla told reporters Wednesday.

Mohammad Noaim Maute, whose brothers Omarkhayam and Abdullah are the commanders of the Maute Group, was apprehended at a checkpoint near the city of Cagayan de Oro, north of Marawi. When I declared martial law, I gave the power to the defense department.

Pressed by journalists to state whether Duterte had visited a doctor this week, Abella said: "I'm not privy to those matters but I'm sure he's checked with his own experts".

Hapilon, the leader of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia, is also on the Federal Bureau of Investigation most-wanted-terrorists list, with a $5 million bounty being offered for his capture. "I haven't made an appeal".

"I do not know the exact number and the specific mission".

In 2002, the USA opened a so-called "second front" on terrorism on Mindanao. His spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said on the same day that the United States role "does not involve any boots on the ground".

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