United States special forces helping Philippines troops to end city siege

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In a press briefing Saturday, Philippine Army 1st Infantry Division spokesperson Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera clarified that US forces were only providing technical support and are not part of clashes on the ground. Gen. Restituto Padilla said by phone, citing a Philippine government policy that bars foreign troops from local combat.

The US Embassy in Manila also said that the US special operation forces were assisting the Filipino troops in battling the Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants in the besieged city. The U.S. embassy confirmed the technical assistance on Saturday but didn't give any details, saying it couldn't give specifics on American operations for "security reasons".

"We don't have adequate surveillance equipment, so we asked the United States military for assistance".

Washington's involvement comes at an uncertain time for U.S.

Militants have been under siege since rampaging through the southern city on 23 May.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been fighting to retake the southern city of Marawi from Islamist militants for the last three weeks.

Friday's ferocious, street-to-street gunbattles with the militants saw 13 troops killed, in a dramatic surge in the toll from the conflict, Philippine military spokesmen said. Herrera said 13 marines conducting clearing operations died after an "intense" house-to-house firefight during which they encountered improvised explosive devices and were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades.

The militants, who are believed to be holding a Catholic priest and many other hostages, have torched buildings and destroyed at least one church.

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"Yes, we can confirm their presence but their participation is limited to intelligence sharing", Herrera said.

The Philippines is majority Christian, but Mindanao has a significant population of Muslims and Marawi City is overwhelmingly Muslim.

"We salute these enormous display of heroism and raw courage of these fallen Marines in the course of the fight to clear Marawi of the remaining members of the Maute-ISIS Group", he added.

Until now there had been no confirmation that the Philippines had sought USA support in the battle for Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, which is in its third week.

On Friday, police also arrested the mother of the Maute brothers, the two men leading the fighters in Marawi City.

Col Herrera confirmed for the first time that USA special forces were helping the army.

Last year, the Islamic State group said he was its Southeast Asian "emir".

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