>> A friendly fire disaster in the ongoing fightings against militants in the southern Philipines. The Defense Ministry on Thursday announcing that a military airstrike has killed at least 10 soldiers and caused several injuries. Just one day after support planes were brought in for surgical airstrikes two of them dropped bombs aiming for fighters in the heart of Marawi City.
The first plane dropped the ordinance accurately. But the second plane failed and hit our troops. We're still investigating what really happened and if there was miscommunication or an error on the ground, or on the part of the pilot, that takes the death toll to nearly 180 people in nine days of clashes of Muslim extremist linked to Islamic State.
Now the military says it's considering suspending airstrikes insisting the rebel forces can't hold on much longer. But the ISIS-linked military group has put up a serious fight, fueling concerns that it could become Islamic State's official affiliate in Southeast Asia. The Defense Minister says so far, eight foreign fighters have been identified among the militants that have been killed, not only from nearby Malaysia and Indonesia, but also from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Chechnya.