US Joins Battle as Philippines Takes Losses in Besieged City

The news that USA special forces were assisting Philippine soldiers broke out when a US-P3 Orion was hovering the city on Saturday and it caught the attention of many residents.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the island to help combat the militants.

Another 16 Marines were wounded the following day in an operation to retake Mapandi Bridge, a key entrance leading to the city's center.

She added that "the USA government continues to work with the AFP to increase intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities through security assistance and training".

However, many were still asking if the Philippine military sought the permission of the president to allow the USA special forces assistance in the on-going fierce battle in Marawi. A U.S. P-3 Orion surveillance plane was seen over the town on Friday.

The move comes as a surprise given the strained relationship between the two countries.

Mr Duterte has chafed at USA criticism of his narcotics war, which has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings of drug users and other criminals both by police and vigilantes.

However, the request for assistance reveals just how significant the conflict is in Marawi.

Apple Finally Unveiled its Amazon Echo Rival
It's time for Apple to surprise us again, and the pressure is on the tech giant as it preps for its annual developers conference. Apparently Apple knows Siri kinda sucks, because it was the last thing mentioned in the unveiling of the new HomePod speaker.

Satellite slot machines proposal appears to be off the table
The Connecticut house and senate has now approved a casino bill, and now the bill will move along onto the governor's desk. The bill would allow CT to prepare for on-line sports better if federal restrictions are lifted by Congress, she said.

Apple announces new Kaby Lake iMacs
The iMacs in the Retina type will now be available at price points of Rs.1,48,900, Rs.1,65,900 and Rs. 1,89,900 respectively. Nothing to get too excited about, but Apple has been inconsistent with keeping up with the industry, so this is a good step.

The Palace is deeply saddened by the news on the 13 Marines killed in action during a firefight in Marawi City.

"The government is also supplying heavy artillery fire, air strikes and bombing runs". Around 60 Filipino troops, as well as at least 20 civilians, perished in the fight. "Numerous civilians or residents in this community have fled", said Santos.

The military also said it is aiming to end the siege by Monday, the Philippines' independence day.

Officials say that foreign nationals are among the militants in Marawi, with the list of countries and territories including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Yemen, India and Chechnya.

At the heat of the Marawi fight, authorities arrested the matriarch of the Maute brothers late Friday in Barangay Tamboro Cormatan in Masiu, Lanao del Sur while trying to evade police and military cordon, police said. Government numbers now put the extremists' losses at 158 killed and nine captured.

The military said the United States is providing technical support to end the siege of Marawi by fighters from the so-called Maute group, which took over large parts of the city late last month. According to the BBC, the reports come from radio chatter intercepted from jihadis suggesting that the Maute brothers are dead.

The seizure of Marawi on 23 May by hundreds of fighters who swore allegiance to Islamic State, including dozens from neighbouring countries and the Middle East, has fuelled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in South-East Asia.

The total loss for government forces is now at 58, with the ISIS-linked militants' losses being estimated at 138.

Like this


13 June 2017
MP: Hardik Patel arrested on his way to Mandsaur
In Mandsaur, curfew was imposed after the five farmers were killed in two incidents of police firing during the protest on June 6. He said the Patidar community in Gujarat and Rajasthan stands in support of the Madhya Pradesh farmers.

13 June 2017
Tapwrit wins the Belmont Stakes
Always Dreaming's loss to surprise victor Cloud Computing at the Preakness stripped this year's Belmont of any Triple Crown drama. As Mor Spirit crossed the finish line, track announcer Larry Collmus bellowed, "Bob Baffert and Mike Smith are un-".

12 June 2017
Garry Monk: Middlesbrough tick all the boxes for me
Monk resigned from his position at Elland Road last month, a day after Andrea Radrizzani bought control of the club from Massimo Cellino.

11 June 2017
People Struck by Geese Droppings at Disneyland
According to police there were no injuries and no guests were transported to the hospital. But it was later determined the droppings came from a flock of geese overhead.

09 June 2017
Julian Edelman agrees new two-year deal with New England Patriots
Edelman is assured of a spot in the Patriots 53-man roster while Amendola and Hawkins are expected to battle for the last berth. Edelman reportedly received that new deal on Thursday, but perhaps it wasn't worth as much as some would have thought.

08 June 2017
Gennett hits 4 homers, drives in10 as Reds rout Cards
In the fourth, now facing John Gant , he hit another 3-2 fastball, a line drive to center also estimated at 424 feet. His performance at Great American Ball Park accounts for 9.5 per cent of his career home run production.

07 June 2017
Apple's new iMac Pro rocks 18-core CPU, Radeon Vega GPU
Meanwhile, the 27-inch 5K model will have a choice of Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 graphics cards, topping out at 8GB of VRAM. The truly insatiable will be able to add 128GB of ECC RAM and 4TB of PCIe SSD storage to their iMac Pros , as well.

07 June 2017
British police name third London Bridge attacker as Youssef Zaghba
But police said that they had no warning of a plot and that their investigation of Butt had been shelved. Those cuts resulted in police personnel being drawn down from 2010 to 2016 by more than 20,000 officers.

07 June 2017
Lukaku: I know where I'll be next season
The player then went on to say "he knew where he wanted to go" and that his "agent was sorting everything out". According to British newspaper The Independent , Lukaku has made up his mind to return to Stamford Bridge.

07 June 2017
White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn't helping
If he doesn't want media coverage of tweets, then he needs to find a way to communicate more discreetly to the faithful. That is and ought to be impossible, particularly now that the man is in office.