WASHINGTON DC—US President Donald Trump has declared his support to Filipino troops to ensure they put an end to the ongoing Islamic attacks in Marawi. American spy planes are helping Filipino troops quell a nearly three-week siege by Maute terror group in Marawi City where 13 Philippine marines were killed in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, officials said Saturday.
A U.S. Navy aircraft provided surveillance for the local troops as the battle raged in Marawi on Friday, confirming the involvement of the U.S. military in helping to end the urban insurrection at the request of the Philippine government, Philippine military officials said.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila said without elaborating that U.S. special operations forces were providing help to Filipino troops battling the Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants in Marawi. “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 counter-terrorism issues,” the embassy said in a statement.