US May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

If the plan would be approved then the USA military would be able to attack the ISIS targets that could create a threat to Washington's allies in the region, including the armed forces of the Philippines, according to NBC.

Tillerson reassured Duterte that his country would support him in the terror fight by training Philippine troops and providing them with "intelligence capabilities".

Potential US strikes against ISIS in the Philippines would likely be conducted by armed drones.

The maverick leader makes no attempt to hide his grudge against the United States, which he has repeatedly chided for what he says is a history of hypocritical foreign policy, and for treating the Philippines like a dog.

There are already US troops on the ground in Southern Marawi in an effort to support Filipino forces who have come up short in the fight, not making enough ground against the ISIS militants on their own.

"Minister Lavrov and I both agreed to fast track negotiations for pending bilateral agreements, particularly on military-technical cooperation, illegal narcotics and law enforcement", Cayetano was quoted by the Daily Inquirer, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in Manila.

'Human rights, son of a b****,' Duterte said, arguing he shouldn't be questioned about alleged violations given the challenges he's facing.

"The Philippines have not requested nor is the United States planning drone strikes in the Philippines", Logan stated. So human rights, don't go there'.

The event was attended by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, ASEAN Secretary General Lê Lương Minh, and Foreign Ministers from 10 member states and the bloc's partner and dialogue countries.

Earlier, the military said the campaign to rid Marawi of the Daesh-linked terrorists was now on its "last lap", with the fierce fighting limited to two of the city's 96 barangay (villages) located in the business district.

Washington has been a vocal critic of Duterte's war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives due to extrajudicial killings.

Trump is scheduled to be in the Philippines in November.

A total of 122 soldiers, 523 terrorists, and 45 civilians have been killed in the battle as of 7pm local time on Saturday, according to a statement from the government-run Philippine News Agency. "It is a journey that continues as we seek to engage with our neighbors positively in dialogue partnerships that continue to grow", he said.

Though he did not move to take any steps to implement these threats, Duterte regularly threatened to evict all US troops from the southern Philippines prior to the start of the ongoing campaign against the militants in Marawi City.

Of the human rights situation, he added, the Philippines appears to be "beginning to get that situation under control".

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