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Three Killed as Muslim Rebels Mass in Philippines

Muslim guerrillas killed three Philippine soldiers in an ambush Monday as thousands of troops massed within sight of rebel positions to head off sympathy attacks if the United States goes to war with Iraq, officials said. The ambush of the soldiers by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the tense standoff on the southern island of Mindanao came as Manila linked an Iraqi diplomat to another Muslim group blamed for a bomb blast in October that killed a U.S. soldier and two Filipinos. Eight other members of an army engineering unit were wounded when they were set upon during a morning jog by fighters from the MILF, which the military has linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. Full Story

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