Reuters news agency reports that the US has joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines city, officials said on Saturday, as government forces struggled to make headway and 13 marines were killed in intense urban fighting. The Philippines military said the United States was providing technical assistance to end the siege of Marawi City by fighters allied to Islamic State. A US P3 Orion surveillance plane was seen flying over the city on Friday. The seizure of Marawi City on May 23 has alarmed Southeast Asian nations which fear that Islamic State is establishing a stronghold on the Philippine island of Mindanao.
Reuters report found here.