23 Oct '17, 7am

“It was a tough fight” Mattis said. https://t.co/llmq945227

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to congratulate the Philippines on their progress battling Islamic State militants, he said after arriving in the island nation on Monday. Mattis — who is in the country to meet with defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN — told reporters gathered at the former Clark Air Base he would commend the Philippine military for defeating insurgents in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao. “It was a tough fight” but the Philippines has sent “a very necessary message to the terrorists,” Mattis said, according to Reuters news agency. Mattis’ trip to the Philippines and other Asian countries this week will lay the ground work for President Donald Trump’s tour of Asia next month, said Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum think tank in Honolulu. “He’s doing some advance work to reinf...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/mattis-to-congratulate-philippine...

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