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2 Philippine Soldiers, 5 Militants Die in Clashes

Associated Press | Apr 12, 2014

MANILA, Philippines -- At least two Philippine army soldiers and five Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in clashes on a southern island province, the military said Saturday. The running gunbattles that erupted early Friday on Basilan Island also wounded 28 soldiers following their assault on a group of Abu Sayyaf fighters led by Puruji Indama, a... more

Philippines and Muslim Rebel Group Sign Peace Deal

Armed members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front celebrate in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines on Thursday March 27, 2014 as they await the signing of a peace accord. (AP Photo/Froilan Gallardo)

Associated Press | Mar 27, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III. The deal grants largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater political autonomy in exc... more

Suspected Filipino Rebels Set off Bomb

Associated Press | Feb 01, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - A homemade bomb that was likely set off by Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines on Saturday wounded 12 people, including six soldiers and two television journalists, the military said. The blast happened near an area where government troops have been battling Muslim insurgents who broke away from a larger rebel group ... more

Praise Effusive for Military Response to Typhoon

Philippine citizens gather around a MH-60S Seahawk from the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 as it delivers relief supplies in support of Operation Damayan. Peter Burghart/U.S. Navy

Stars and Stripes | Dec 04, 2013

WASHINGTON -- The Nov. 8 tropical storm that hit the Philippines killed more than 5,600 islanders, created piles of debris that still stand two stories high and left a scene of devastation that one prominent House leader compared to Hiroshima, Japan. But it also created an opportunity for the U.S. military to flex its humanitarian muscles, and ... more

Task Force for Philippine Typhoon Relief Shut Down

Marines unload relief supplies from Osprey 600x400

Stars and Stripes | Dec 03, 2013

SEOUL — The U.S. Pacific Command has shut down the task force it set up two weeks ago to assist in relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, the storm that killed thousands in the Philippines. Joint Task Force 505 ended its mission Sunday “now that the unique capabilities of the U.S. military are no longer required,” its headquarters at Camp Agu... more

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