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The United States Joins The Battle As The Philippines Takes Losses In The Besieged City

U.S. special forces to join the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a town in the southern Philippines, officials said on Saturday.



"They did not fight. They are only providing technical support," military spokesman Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera at a news conference in Marawi City.



It said in a statement it was providing Philippine forces with security assistance and training in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. It said it had an additional 300 to 500 troops in the country to support regular training and activities, without giving further details.

"There is no direct U.S. participation in combat, which is prohibited by Philippine law, although our forces involved in training the Philippine military are authorized to defend themselves," the U.S. official said.


"There is no direct involvement of the United States in combat, which is prohibited by Philippine law, although our forces involved in the training of the Philippine army are allowed to defend themselves," said the official American.

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