18 Filipino Soldiers Killed In Clash With Muslim Terrorists

MANILA, Philippines — At least 18 soldiers were killed in fierce daylong fighting with Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines on Saturday in the largest single-day government combat loss this year, officials said.

At least 52 other soldiers were wounded in the clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants and allied gunmen in the hinterlands bordering the towns of Tipo Tipo and Al-Barka on Basilan island, three senior military officials told The Associated Press. They said at least four militants were killed.

The three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss details of the clashes. The large combat casualties were reported as the Philippines marked the Day of Valor to remember Filipino veterans who died in World War II.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “Islamic extremists”
    Trust the NYT to trot out the standard redundant obfuscation. Typical. Islam is Islam, whether its the fighting end or the political end, the goal is the same, our subjugation or our death.

  • BillyHW

    It’s Israel’s fault.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Always good to hear from a representative of the UN. 😉

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I’ve always worked with a lot of Filipinos.
    In the hospitality industry for years where I met the parents of the kids I now work with in electrical engineering.
    I want to ask them what they think about this and I don’t know how to broach the subject without triggering a human resources issue.
    By the way, I used to work with a cook named Rogelio who showed me that you could put ice cream in hot dog buns and it tastes quite good.

    • Doug Kursk

      Just talk to them, they live it and probably have someone who has been affected by the violence..the GF was in church in Davao years back when someone threw a grenade into the market next door.The current Mayor, Duterte, just told the police to root the terrorists out and kill them. No jail, no trial, you die.

      True Christian Filipinos hate the Muslim terrorists with a passion.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        “No jail, no trial, you die.”
        That’s the ticket.