30 Jun '17, 10pm

U.S. Marines hold joint training with Philippine troops amid escalating tension

The Marines Corps recently conducted joint urban warfare training with Philippine forces to support their battle against Islamic State-aligned militants, according to the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines . The U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine, 3rd Marine Division are training Philippine troops to improve urban warfare capabilities, such as clearing rooms and buildings, based on feedback from Philippine forces fighting in Marawi. The training is taking place amid ongoing clashes between the Philippine military and Islamic State-aligned militants. The Maute group and Abu Sayyaf launched a siege on Marawi on May 23, sending residents fleeing and raising concerns of extremists gaining traction in the country. In response, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern portion of the country. The relationship between the United States an...

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