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Philippines Army on Defensive After Bloody Clash with Militants

The Philippines army defended its operations on Monday after 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 wounded in a jungle ambush by militants in the south of the country who have pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Security experts and some media criticized the handling of Saturday's encounter with the Abu Sayyaf rebels, which had echoes of a grisly 2011 clash when 19 troops died — some beheaded - and another last year when 44 police commandos were slain. "It's deja vu....

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