Pentagon may boost support to Philippine counter-ISIS ops

The US is weighing additional support to the Philippine military as it fights an Islamist insurgency in the south, a US defense official said Tuesday.

Discussions are “pretty advanced” and would see the US provide increased surveillance drone capabilities and training for local forces, the official told AFP.

The drones could hypothetically be used to conduct strikes, the official added, though that would only be done for self-defense of US or partner forces and does not signal yet another front in America’s drone wars.