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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:51 pm 
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U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines
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The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.

The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the officials. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones.

If approved, the U.S. military would be able to conduct strikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines that could be a threat to allies in the region, which would include the Philippine forces battling ISIS on the ground in the country's southern islands.

The U.S. military has been sharing intelligence with the Philippines for years, according to Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis, who called it a "steady state."

"We have had a consistent CT [counterterror] presence in the Philippines for fifteen years now," he said.

There is a small U.S. military presence on the ground supporting the counter-ISIS fight, called Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident.

In Manila on Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. was providing the Philippines government with "intelligence capabilities" in the fight against ISIS, including "some recent transfers of a couple of Cessnas and a couple of UAVs (drones) to allow to them to have better information with which to conduct the fight down there."

"We're providing them some training and some guidance in terms of how to deal with an enemy that fights in ways that are not like most people have ever had to deal with.

"I see no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of other human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counternarcotics activities."

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have linked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to more than 1,400 extra judicial killings while a public official. The UN said that Duterte, as mayor of Davao City, had done nothing to stop extrajudicial killings.

Duterte has denied any role in the killings — while expressing support for them — but has also said he personally killed some suspected criminals, a claim his spokesman called an exaggeration.

Last month, the vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs endorsed the idea of naming the mission in the Philippines, saying that naming it would provide more funding.

"In every case where we see the resurgence of terror networks," said Gen. Paul Selva in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, "particularly in the fragile areas of the southern Philippines, I think it's worth considering whether or not we reinstate a named operation, not only to provide for the resources that are required, but to give the Pacific Command commander and the field commanders in the Philippines the kinds of authorities they need to work with indigenous Philippine forces to actually help them be successful in that battle space."




Why does Duterte want help from a country as Lousy as the US is?

If he would never want to visit the US, then why should our military and fighter plans want to visit the Philippines?

They should go f*ck themselves.
If they want our help then then Duterte should at least consider apologizing to the US (and maybe kiss our ass a little bit). ;)

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Yeah "ISIS" in the PI is really the same ole groups they've been for a long time ... just saying they are "ISIS" to get some recruits ... let the PI fight their own civil war ... if TGLFKAO wants to strike someone ... look at NK ... they could use some coolin' off.

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Yeah "ISIS" in the PI is really the same ole groups they've been for a long time ... just saying they are "ISIS" to get some recruits ... let the PI fight their own civil war ... if TGLFKAO wants to strike someone ... look at NK ... they could use some coolin' off.


I realize that the ISIS group in the PI is the old Islamist group with a new label.

And I agree that the US should probably not interpose itself into what is going on in the PI (a civil war based somewhat along religious lines).(selling them weapons might be acceptable though).

My primary point is that if you are looking for someone's help today, then it was probably a bad idea to have been shitting on them the day before.

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Yeah, if you read the details ... Mr. "Drug War" ... hollers against the evil ooosah loudly somedays ... and other days he quietly says the USA is an essential part of PI security ... he says his daughter is a "drama queen" ... well listening to him you can figure out where she got that from !!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:29 pm 
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Prolly good live fire practice for US pilots. If they don't mind why not?

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Encourages nations to reduce their own military spending if "big brother" USA can be counted on to come to the rescue for free ...

And it costs greater than zero incremental dollars ... and encourages ooosonian residents to advocate for a military far beyond that needed to defend the coasts ... and encourages residents to play with the military as if they themselves were kangs ... and leads to much mischief and unneeded trouble ... and breaks our bank ... and goes against the idea of self defense is ok but taking your guns to other planes is not ...

100 reasons probably ...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:15 am 
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Why does Duterte want help from a country as Lousy as the US is?

If he would never want to visit the US, then why should our military and fighter plans want to visit the Philippines?

They should go f*ck themselves.
If they want our help then then Duterte should at least consider apologizing to the US (and maybe kiss our ass a little bit). ;)



Yeah, he should call on his new Chinese friends to help him out. Then after ISIS is laid low China will park their navy and air force on Luzon and justify it by claiming that it's historic Chinese property.

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Those guys know what they're doing they don't need practice. I think the strikes keep them warmed up.

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Prolly good live fire practice for US pilots. If they don't mind why not?


Problem is our jets are falling apart. Our F/A-18's, for example, are becoming prohibitively expensive to maintain and require extensive maintenance to keep them operational.

So I say no.

If the Philippines wants to pay the bill... in full... then I will rethink my position.

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I'm with the crowd that is wondering why we are helping the asshat who was trashing us not that long agao.

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