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Philippine troops kill 15 rebels after air strike

Philippine soldiers killed about 15 suspected Islamic militants with ties to al Qaeda in a ground assault after a wave of air strikes on the southwestern island of Jolo, an army general said on Friday. Brigadier-General Nehemias Pajarito, a brigade commander, said troops overran positions of the Abu Sayyaf rebels on Thursday around the perimeter of a well-entrenched hideout in the mountains near Indanan town. Two Italian-made S-211 trainer jets fitted with rockets and bombs and two U.S-made OV-10B ground assault planes conducted air strikes on Thursday before the hour-long gunbattle.Full Story

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