U.S. may begin using drones in fight against ISIS in Philippines
After countless attacks to defeat ISIS and "after bombing the city, and deploying armed forces," the Pentagon is considering a new route to counteract terrorism in the city of Marawi and the surrounding regions near the Philippines, according to the Washington Examiner.
There's no official name for this operation as of now, but according to NBC News, it could be named Tuesday and would likely be performed by armed drones.
On Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. was "providing the Philippines government with 'intelligence capabilities' in the fight against ISIS." These included small planes and drones.
According to Pentagon, the United States has been stationed in the Philippines for almost 15 years.
“Collective self-defense doesn’t necessarily mean airstrikes,” a U.S. official said. According to NBC News, this statement shows that the American government may not need to go as far as conducting airstrikes in order to protect America's interests, as well as the Philippines.