US to disband anti-terror force in Philippines

American and Filipino officials say the US is disbanding an anti-terror task force composed of hundreds of elite military forces after more than a decade of helping fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines.

AP Updated: Jun 26, 2014, 13:25 PM IST

Manila: American and Filipino officials say the US is disbanding an anti-terror task force composed of hundreds of elite military forces after more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines.

Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said today that the Philippines has been notified by US officials of their plan to deactivate the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines, adding the number of American military personnel has been considerably been reduced in the south.

US Embassy spokesman Kurt Hoyer says the success of the task force in helping Filipino forces beat back militants has led American military planners "to begin on a transition plan where the JSOTF-P as a task force will no longer exist."

Some US troops will remain to ensure the militants cannot recover.

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