Thursday, August 31, 2017

Australia Offers Military Assistance To Philippines In Their Battle Against The Islamic State

Australian troops would be advising in Marawi City, where Islamic State terrorists have been most active. (Reuters: Romeo Ranoco)

ABC News Online: Australian special forces closer to helping Duterte's troops in battle against Islamic State

Defence Minister Marise Payne will visit the Philippines next week for more talks about sending special forces troops to the Philippines.

Earlier today Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's office confirmed that the Philippines had accepted Australia's offer of help, but Ms Bishop has since clarified that it has not yet been formally agreed.

Senator Payne's office said discussions were ongoing with the Philippines Government.

She will have talks in Manila next week with her counterpart Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

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More News On Australia Offering Military Assistance To The Philippines In Their Battle Against The Islamic State

Australia offers to train Philippine army in fight against Islamic State -- The Guardian
Philippines keen for Australian intelligence help in Marawi -- The Australian
Australia offers additional military help to Philippines -- Fox News
Australia offers defence training for Philippine forces in ISIS fight -- Courier Mail
New Australia Military Terror Aid For the Philippines? -- The Diplomat
Islamic State operations in Philippines a threat to Australia, Malcolm Turnbull warns -- ABC Online

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