The United States is sending at least 1,100 ground troops to the southern Phillipines to participate in an offensive designed to defeat the Muslim guerrilla group Abu Sayyaf.
U.S-trained Philippine troops raided a hideout on the island of Mindanao Friday, ending a year-long hostage crisis. One American hostage was freed, but her husband and a Filipino hostage were killed during the ensuing gunfight.
Rescuers recovered three bodies from the sea Friday after a U.S. Army helicopter involved in anti-terrorism training exercises in the Philippines crashed.
Twelve soldiers are feared dead after a U.S. military helicopter involved in anti-terrorism training exercises in the Philippines crashed into the sea Thursday.
Filipino troops killed at least five Islamic militants Friday, one day after beginning training exercises with the United States to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf guerrilla organization.
Despite reservations that U.S. military training could infringe upon Filipino national sovereignty, Philippine Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes reiterated his government's willingness to join the U.S. campaign against terrorism.
President Bush Thursday warned Iran not to meddle with the new Afghan government or help al-Qaida operatives fleeing Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a group of U.S. soldiers arrived in the Philippines to train local forces in combating terrorism there.
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