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US special ops help in fight against Islamist militants in Philippines

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By Euronews
US special ops help in fight against Islamist militants in Philippines

<p>US special forces are helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines end a siege by Islamist fighters in the south of the country. The battle for the Philippine city of Marawi is in its third week. </p> <p>“The presence of our US counterparts facilitates the exchange of intelligence, subject matter exchanges and provides training exchanges,” said Philippine military spokesman, Jo-Ar Herrera.</p> <p>The Philippine military aims to retake the town from the <span class="caps">ISIL</span>-linked Maute group before Monday, the country’s independence day.</p> <p>The taking of Marawi has alarmed southeastern nations which fear <span class="caps">ISIL</span> is establishing a stronghold in The Philippines that could threaten the region.</p>