US-Philippine Combat Drills Announced Under Critical Duterte

September 22, 2016 1:53 PM

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Philippine military officials have announced the first large-scale combat exercises between U.S. and Filipino forces under President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been critical of American security policies.

Military officials said Thursday the annual maneuvers by about 1,400 U.S. military personnel and 500 Philippine marines will involve amphibious landing and live-fire exercises at a northern gunnery range from Oct. 4 to 12.

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