MANILA, Philippines — The military said it can resolve the crisis in Marawi without American help and is, in fact, ready to mount its “final assault” on the extremists government forces have been battling for more than two months now.
Earlier, NBC News quoted American defense officials as saying the U.S. may mount drone strikes on extremist targets in the Philippines if their government approves a Pentagon plan. Philippine defense and security officials quickly denied that there had been any discussions about direct U.S. involvement in combat operations in the country.
“We have enough platforms to deliver the munitions to destroy targets,” Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, said in Marawi.
“Hindi na po natin kailangan ng (We don’t need) additional boots on the ground or additional troops from other countries.
“We are very ready for the final assault,” he added.
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