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Philippine, U.S. talks unchanged by bombing

Talks that could lead to the deployment of more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the Philippines to help battle terrorists will not be affected by a bombing Tuesday evening that killed at least 21 people, including an American missionary, Pentagon officials say. Three Americans were among the estimated 148 people injured in the explosion at an airport in the southern Philippines. Last month, U.S. military officials said an agreement had been reached to send more than 1,000 troops to help the Philippine military rout the remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group from the island of Jolo.But that effort was put on hold when Pentagon officials described it as a ”joint operation.” The Philippine Constitution bars foreign troops from combat here. Philippine lawmakers demanded that their government talk further with U.S. officials. Tuesday, the Pentagon said discussions will continue. Full Story

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