By Agence France-Presse
Singapore mentioned Wednesday it has supplied surveillance drones and urban warfare training to Philippine troops battling Islamist fighters, to stop the militants changing into entrenched and threatening the remainder of Southeast Asia.
Philippine troops have been battling to dislodge militants loyal to the Islamic State group who seized components of the southern metropolis of Marawi on May 23 in a bid to ascertain a base within the Mindanao area, which shares sea borders with Malaysia and Indonesia.
IS has mentioned it plans to ascertain a caliphate in Southeast Asia because it did in components of Iraq and Syria.
More than 550 individuals, together with 413 militants and 98 authorities forces, have been killed within the Marawi preventing, which enters its third month this weekend.
Singapore’s defence ministry mentioned its provide consists of the use by Filipino troops of its urban warfare training amenities and a detachment of drones.
It additionally supplied a C-130 transport aircraft to ship humanitarian provides to evacuees from Marawi, the ministry mentioned in an announcement issued after a go to to Manila by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ng on Tuesday met his counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, who “expressed his appreciation and in-principle acceptance of the offer from Singapore”, the assertion mentioned.
Philippine troops, lengthy used to preventing within the jungle in opposition to communist and Muslim insurgents, have struggled in opposition to the militants in bloody street-to-street fight.
Singapore’s provide is the primary from a fellow member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) other than joint maritime patrols involving the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Australia and the United States supplied spy planes, and China despatched some weapons and ammunition to assist troops in Marawi.
Singapore’s defence ministry mentioned Philippine forces have been assured of liberating Marawi, however “further concerted efforts are required to ensure that other terrorist cells do not entrench themselves in the southern Philippines as this would cause instability to the rest of ASEAN”.
IS might use bases like Marawi to “launch further attacks against other cities within the Philippines and ASEAN, and urge their cells to attack targets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore”, added defence chief Ng in a Facebook post.(AFP)