US helps Filipino troops prepare for chemical attack

The US military is helping Filipino soldiers prepare for possible chemical attacks by the Islamic State-inspired Maute group (also known as Islamic State of Lanao) as fighting continues in several parts of Mindanao.

According to the US Embassy in Manila, officials from the Joint United State Military Assistance Group has delivered 1,000 M40 field protective masks and C2 filter canisters to the Philippine Navy.

The support from the US came following the request of the Philippine Navy to help sailors and marines prepare for possible chemical attack of terrorists and following North Korea's test-firing of missile, which flew over Japan and landed in the northern Pacific Ocean.

The US embassy did not mention the particular operation in Mindanao where the protective equipment will be used.

The Armed Forces will receive more munitions and equipment from US military in an accelerated process reserved for allies and close partners of the United States through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement, the US embassy said.

“The United States is proud to work closely with the Republic of the Philippines and will continue to support capacity-building counterterrorism efforts and the AFP’s long-term modernization goals,” it added.

The US military is helping Filipino soldiers prepare for possible chemical attacks by the Islamic State-inspired Maute group (also known as Islamic State of Lanao) as fighting continues in several parts of Mindanao.
According to the US Embassy in Manila, officials from the Joint United State Military Assistance Group has delivered 1,000 M40 field protective masks and C2 filter canisters to the Philippine Navy.
The support from the US came following the request of the Philippine Navy to help sailors and marines prepare for possible chemical attack of terrorists and following North Korea's test-firing of missile, which flew over Japan and landed in the northern Pacific Ocean.
The US embassy did not mention the particular operation in Mindanao where the protective equipment will be used.
The Armed Forces will receive more munitions and equipment from US military in an accelerated process reserved for allies and close partners of the United States through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement, the US embassy said.
“The United States is proud to work closely with the Republic of the Philippines and will continue to support capacity-building counterterrorism efforts and the AFP’s long-term modernization goals,” it added.

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