President Duterte of the Philippines has said American special forces based in Mindanao must leave, as they were potentially high value kidnapping targets, and their presence complicates the battle against Islamist groups in the region.
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From the Guardian –
Rodrigo Duterte calls for US special forces to leave southern Philippines
Duterte said the Americans still in Mindanao were high-value targets for the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants as counter-insurgency operations intensified.
“They have to go,” Duterte said in a speech during an oath-taking ceremony for new officials. “I do not want a rift with America. But they have to go.
“Americans, they [the militants] will really kill them, they will try to kidnap them to get ransom.”
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Duterte orders US advisers out of southern Philippines https://t.co/azhRz0xF0b
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 12, 2016
Philippines’ Duterte calls for removal of U.S. troops from his country https://t.co/s4wQCHhWhC
— TIME (@TIME) September 13, 2016
— Bloomberg (@business) September 13, 2016
Philippine President Duterte signals abrupt departure from nation’s longstanding military reliance on the U.S. https://t.co/dh9836sXSg ?
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 13, 2016
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) September 13, 2016
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 12, 2016
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