Tags: us | airstrikes | isis | philippines

US Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines Considered

Image: US Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines Considered

An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted drone aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on June 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Cory D. Payne/Handout via Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 10:55 AM

The U.S. military could be granted permission to conduct airstrikes against ISIS in the Philippines if given the nod from the Pentagon.

Two defense officials told NBC News that this potential military operation could be announced as early as Tuesday.

Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. military has had a presence in the Philippines for 15 years.

While in Manila on Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. was providing the Philippines government with "intelligence capabilities" to offer their support to the country as they fight against ISIS.

Those capabilities include "some recent transfers of a couple of Cessnas and a couple of UAVs (drones) to allow them to have better information with which to conduct the fight down there," Tillerson said, according to NBC News.

"We're providing them some training and some guidance in terms of how to deal with an enemy that fights in ways that are not like most people have ever had to deal with," he added.

Tillerson said he sees no problem with the U.S. deciding to help the people of the Philippines in this way.

Despite reports about the use of armed drones in the potential airstrikes, the Department of National Defense (DND) and Armed Forces of the Philippines denied those claims on Tuesday, according to Update Philippines.

"Direct military actions are only allowed during actual foreign invasion by another state actor. Hence, such a proposition has to undergo a process and an agreement must be reached that should have the approval of both the highest officials of our nations," the DND said, according to Update Philippines.

"Both officials, however, expressed their appreciation for the reported desire of the U.S. to help the Philippines fight Daesh/ISIS-inspired terrorists groups locally," the DND added.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
The U.S. military could be granted permission to conduct airstrikes against ISIS in the Philippines if given the nod from the Pentagon.
us, airstrikes, isis, philippines
293
2017-55-08
Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 10:55 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved