More U.S. Troops Arrive in the Southern Philippines

On December 14, a group of US "special operations" soldiers landed in the southern Philippines, in the latest of a series of visits following a deal to cooperate in "the fight against terrorism."

An unspecified number of troops, all members of "Special Operations Command" of the Hawaii-based U.S. Pacific Command, arrived at the Edwin Andrews air base aboard a military cargo plane, Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Servando told reporters. "We can't say what their purpose is," he said, describing their mission as "sensitive".

The Philippine military recently announced that more U.S. military advisers were expected in the south in the coming months. Two groups of American military advisers made preliminary visits earlier this month, and in October, to prepare logistics and training facilities.