Posted by: Chuck | September 15, 2013

Fighting Spreads As Rebels Besiege ZAMBOANGA,


Published on Sept. 12, 2013

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Philippine forces were fighting Muslim rebels on two fronts on Thursday as clashes broke out near a southern city being besieged by guerrillas opposed to peace talks with the government, officials said.

Basilan across a narrow strip of sea from Zamboanga, a major port city where about 180 MNLF fighters had been locked in sporadic clashes with troops since Monday, displacing about 13,000 residents.

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