Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Australia to give training to Filipino soldiers in urban warfare to fight terrorists

On Tuesday, Philippines Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana announced that Australia will provide training to Filipino soldiers in urban warfare to fight the spread of Islamic extremism after months of battling terrorists in Marawi City.

Canberra has been giving help to Manila against local supporters of Islamic State group (ISIS) in the southern part of Marawi since September.

There were two AP-3C Orion aircraft deployed for surveillance purposes that would also help in information-gathering and also analysis.

Reports said that Lorenzana and Senator Marise Ann Payne shakes hand to seal the agreement during the Philippine-Australia Defence Ministers’ joint press conference on the sideline of the 11th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Defence Ministers (ADMM) and 4th ADMM- Plus.

Just yesterday, the Philippines Defense chief declared the victory of the government troops after the five months battle in Marawi City that started in May which also prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Martial law in Mindanao.

The fight between soldiers and terrorist groups claimed more than 1,000 lives and also destroyed buildings, houses and mosques of the city.

According to Senator Marise Ann Payne, it is crucial that Philippines had the know-how to keep the terrorists at bay knowing how hard it was when Australia experienced tackling extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

“The practical training the Australian Defense Force will provide will ensure the Philippines defense force is better able to counter the brutal tactics being employed by terrorists,” Payne said, explaining that Canberra would send teams to give training to counter-terrorism in the country.

“Globally we have seen the effect of extremist ideology and terrorist threats on millions of civilians and it is alarming to see this disruption come to our region.” She said.

And as part of the strengthened cooperation, the two parties will also work together to boost intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in the south.