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Philippines Orders Renewed Offensive

The Philippines’ president on Wednesday ordered renewed assaults against a Muslim rebel stronghold after her cease-fire order failed to stop fierce fighting between guerrillas and soldiers. Sixty Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels and three soldiers have been killed since the fighting in the southern town of Pikit erupted Tuesday, army spokesman Maj. Julieto Ando said. Fifteen soldiers were wounded, he said. Rebel spokesman Eid Kabalu claimed the rebels suffered only three dead and three wounded. The figures could not be confirmed independently. On Tuesday, hours into the government offensive, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered a halt in attacks, apparently because of a Muslim holiday starting Tuesday. But the cease-fire failed to take hold, with each side blaming the other. Full Story

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