U.S. may take combat role in Philippines

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

February 20, 2003
Thu Feb 20, 2003: U.S. Marines guard the perimeter of the airport in Zamboanga in the southern Philippines February 20, 2003 as a plane carrying U.S. military advisors arrives. Around 1,750 U.S. troops are heading to the southern Philippines including 350 elite Special Operations soldiers who will be deployed on the island of Jolo, one of the lairs of the Abu Sayyaf. Photo by Stringer/Philippines/Reuters 

U.S. Army Green Berets 

disembark from 

U.S. Air Force Globemaster C-17 

Cargo Plane after landing at

 Zamboanga City Airport 

in southern Philippines 

from Okinawa, Japan 

Thursday, February 20, 2003 

with their equipment.  

A dozen U.S. Army Special Forces advisers arrived in the city Thursday for a new counterterrorism training exercise with Filipino troops to start next week in the first batch of a 70-member contingent - that will train several light infantry battalions from the Philippine army and give lessons to officers in Zamboanga, about 850 kilometers (530 miles) south of Manila. (AP Photo/STR) 

U.S. troops guard a U.S. Air Force 

Globemaster C-17 Cargo Plane 

after landing at 

Zamboanga City Airport in the southern Philippines from Okinawa, Japan Thursday February 20, 2003 with U.S. Special Forces advisers and equipment. 

A dozen U.S. Army Special Forces advisers arrived in the city Thursday for a new counterterrorism training exercise with Filipino troops to start next week in the first batch of a 70-member contingent - - that will train several light infantry battalions from the Philippine army and give lessons to officers in Zamboanga, about 850 kilometers (530 miles) south of Manila. (AP Photo/STR) 

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