US to send spy planes to Philippines

The Philippine force in Marawi, Mindanao (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Washington has offered to
send two surveillance aircraft to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines’
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations against terrorists,
the US ambassador to the Philippines said on July 18.

Ambassador Sung Kim said that two Cessna 208
planes will be delivered in a couple of weeks.

Kim stressed that the US is deeply concerned
about the security situation in Marawi City, where government forces have been
fighting against local terror groups for more than eight weeks.

The US has been providing a very important
support for the Armed Forces of the Philippines in terms of information and
intelligence sharing, training, technical advice as well as equipment grants,
Kim said in an interview with the Philippine ANC News.

He also noted that American troops are present
in Mindanao under the mutual defense treaty between the two countries, adding
that the US is committed to helping with the rehabilitation program for Marawi.

Previously, the Philippines military spokesman
admitted that the US forces assisted the Philippine military in operations
against the Islamist militants, however, underlining that the US force just
provided technical support, not directly fighting the IS militants in

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