Posted by: Chuck | September 17, 2013


MANILA, Philippines–The military on Monday launched airstrikes at Moro National Liberation Front positions in Zamboanga City after eight days of fighting. “Targeted airstrike by Air Force on going. This is part of the calibrated military operations in the area. Please be guided,” the Zamboanga City government posted on its Twitter account before 1 p.m. Monday. Last week, forced evacuation was implemented by the local government in areas controlled by the MNLF. It has so far displaced at least 60,000 people.  A report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines said that as of 7 p.m. Sunday, 62 had been killed from the gun battle that started last Monday. Of this, 51 were MNLF rebels. There were 48 rebels captured. Six soldiers and police and five civilians were also reported dead. Almost 100 persons were wounded. The MNLF rebels started their attack last Monday Sept. 9 in an attempt to hoist their flag in the city hall. It was believed to be led by the faction of MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari, who disagrees with the new peace deal the government is working on. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala confirmed the airstrikes, emphasizing that these were “precision-guided.” (Source: Inquirer News 9/16/13)

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