Thursday, September 7, 2017

Philippines: Army and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) armed group join forces in Marawi

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The Philippines military has teamed up with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters as it prepares for a final assault against the Maute armed group in the southern city of Marawi.

Soldiers were seen mingling freely with several hundred MILF fighters who have joined forces for an assault on fighters on the southern island of Mindanao.

The joint operation is the latest tactic by the Philippine government to try to stamp out fighters linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group after months of battling a separate faction of fighters who have besieged the city of Marawi.

The alliance with MILF included “providing them with indirect fire support and even air support and other expertise,” Major-General Arnel dela Vega told AFP, adding that the awkwardness of fighting alongside former long-time foes had evaporated.

The News:
http://www.aljazeera … 170906112401721.html

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