Philippine president wants that special units VS land abandoned

Philippine president wants that special units VS land abandoned

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The Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte wants that American special military units from the south of his country be withdrawn.

Their presence makes offensives against local islamist combat groups more difficult, because they sought after the hostages, said Duterte on Monday.

“I want no quarrel with America, but they have to leave,” said Duterte about the special units, training courses to Filipino soldiers. Groups like Abu Sayyaf “the Americans will really kill, or attempt to kidnap for ransom to catch”.

Duterte said Monday at a press conference on muslims by American soldiers were killed during the American occupation of the Philippines in the beginning of the twentieth century. Previously scolded Duterte Obama. Obama promised an appointment for a meeting with Duterte, but spoke later with him.


The U.S. has since 2002 a special forces unit in the south of the Philippines, Filipino soldiers to train and advise in the fight against the muslim extremists.

At the height of that struggle, there were approximately 1,200 American soldiers in Zamboango City and on the islands of Jolo and Basilan. Today, there are less, because Washington its security policy now focuses more on the South China Sea.

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