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US to back crackdown on Muslim separatists in Philippines

The United States will back President Gloria Arroyo in the fight against breakaway Muslim militant groups threatening fragile peace talks in the southern Philippines, its envoy to Manila said. US ambassador Francis Ricciardone said negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government were being made difficult by many groups claiming to be legitimate separatist rebels. While the ongoing peace negotiations brokered by Malaysia to end the MILF’s 28-year insurgency were welcome, Ricciardone said Washington would provide military support against those continuing to carry out attacks. Full Story

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