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Philippine Fighting Leaves 18 Soldiers, 5 Militants Dead

The Philippine military said Sunday that 18 of its soldiers were killed and more than 50 others were wounded in a 10-hour firefight with Abu Sayyaf extremists in the southwestern island province of Basilan. A military spokesman said at least five militants died and 20 others were wounded in Saturday's fighting. He said the dead included a Moroccan national. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that an entire military platoon "was wiped out" and that four of the soldiers...

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