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The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.
The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the officials. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones.
If approved, the U.S. military would be able to conduct strikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines that could be a threat to allies in the region, which would include the Philippine forces battling ISIS on the ground in the country's southern islands.
originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
a reply to: xuenchen
What, the Philippines doesn't have its own air-force? Who would have figured. When will the US start worrying about its own problems back home. Gotta keep the war machine well oiled.
Defence officials in Philippines deny reports from the United States that American military contingents are examining the possibility of a military intervention in the country due to the war with ISIS aligned terrorists and other insurgents on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao and specifically the besieged city of Marawi.
US based NBC news earlier reported that Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis stated that the US will shortly make an announcement on whether US bombers will commence military strikes in Philippines.
This recent development would imply that the US is considering and indeed may be planning a strike on targets in Philippines that may be illegal according to international law.
originally posted by: angeldoll
a reply to: xuenchen
Obviously the smartest thing to do is give ISIS a head's up about this. If they do it, ISIS needs plenty of time to decide which citizens homes they will hide in, and which children they will use as shields, and I can't wait to see how many different countries we can bomb at once.