U.S. special forces are now helping the Philippines military to fight ISIS forces to end a nearly month-long siege of the southern Philippines town of Marawi City.
According to military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera on Saturday, “They are not fighting. They are just providing technical support.” He said that so far, there are no “boots on the ground.”
Hundreds of Islamic militants have been rampaging through Marawi City since May 23. The battle there has been intense, with 13 Philippine marines killed in the latest skirmish. Causalities so far include at least 58 Philippine soldiers, 138 militants, and 20 civilians.
President Obama and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte did not share a good working relationship, but after Duterte was invited to the White House by President Trump in April, frosty relations between the two countries have thawed.
“The Philippines is very important to me strategically and militarily,” Trump explained to reporters in May.
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