The Philippines Doesn't Want the U.S., but It May Need It
MIN READAug 10, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
Washington has been providing military support in Marawi City since at least mid-June.
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A fierce battle has been raging in Marawi City since late May when Islamic State-aligned militants began occupying the Philippine municipality. Since then, President Rodrigo Duterte has been grasping for anything to help him win back his city. U.S. military personnel have been on the ground in Marawi since at least mid-June, assisting with intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. Now, unconfirmed reports say that assistance could be expanded to include U.S. drone strikes. Details are scant, and Philippine defense officials have denied the reports -- saying there is no need for the expansion and that such a shift in strategy would require presidential approval anyway....