Philippines: 13 Marines Killed in Fight With Maute Terrorists — Biggest single-day loss for government troops

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Tanks arrive at a military camp in Iligan city to reinforce Government troops who are battling Muslim militants who laid siege in Marawi city for over a week now Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in southern Philippines. Fighting continues for the second week now between Government troops and Muslim militants with casualties on both side and civilians. AP/Bullit Marquez

ILIGAN, Philippines — The Philippine military says 13 Marines have been killed in fierce fighting with militants who have laid siege to southern Marawi City.

It’s the biggest single-day loss for government troops since they began fighting militants allied with the Islamic State group who seized Marawi on May 13 and are still occupying parts of the city.

Military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo says the Marines were killed in daylong close-quarter combat on Friday. Forty other marines were wounded.

The government earlier said that…

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