Monday, August 11, 2008

Renewed fighting between Philippines army and Muslim rebels

Fighting between the Philippines army and Muslim rebels in the country's troubled Mindanoa region. Violence flared after the courts blocked a move to expand a Muslim autonomous zone into North Cotabato which is outside of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) formed following a 1996 peace accord. The army attacked MILF rebels after they ignored a deadline to leave the province.

15 villages in Cotabato were occupied by MILF fighters but now 2 have been cleared the army said.

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