Despite authorities denials that they’ve any “boots on the ground” US special forces have been spotted near Marawi City.
The American troops had been seen at Camp Ranao army camp by GMA News reporter Raffy Tima at present (Monday, June 12).
The involvement of US forces within the combat in opposition to Islamic State affiliated terrorists in Marawi City was introduced by the nation’s embassy in Manila late final week.
No additional particulars of the deployment was given however a press release stated: “The United States is a proud ally of the Philippines, and we will continue to work with the Philippines to address shared threats to the peace and security of our countries, including on counterterrorism issues.”
Following the announcement, President Duterte stated he had “never approached America” for assist and was “not aware of that until they arrived.”
The Philippines army was swift to make clear that US forces had been offering technical help however had no “boots on the ground.”
In response the president stated that because of years of coaching with the United States, “our soldiers are pro-American, that I cannot deny” – however denied army commanders had gone over his head.
However, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella appeared to recommend in a press release that US forces had been certainly taking part straight in fight operations — one thing prohibited by Philippine regulation.
“The fight against terrorism, however, is not only the concern of the Philippines or the United States but it is a concern of many nations around the world,” he stated.
“The Philippines is open to assistance from other countries if they offer it.”
In a later assertion he clarified that the US forces weren’t taking part in fight operations and had been solely offering “technical assistance.”
It has additionally been confirmed that US Navy P3 Orion surveillance planes are getting used within the Marawi marketing campaign. The plane flew above rocket-firing Philippine helicopters that struck militant positions, inflicting plumes of smoke to billow skyward.
Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla stated: “We don’t have adequate surveillance equipment, so we asked the US military for assistance. It’s noncombat assistance.”
The battle between the army and the Maute terror group entered its 21st day at present, because the nation celebrates its 119th Independence Day.
More 40 troopers and policemen, 138 terrorists and an estimated 21 civilians have been killed. Thousands of residents have been displaced, resulting in rising considerations over meals and medical provides.