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U.S. dissolves anti-terror force

Advisers aided Philippines’ 10-year fight against militants

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 3:02 a.m.

A U.S. Navy sailor, second left, salutes their Philippine counterpart as they disembark from the Philippine frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz following the opening ceremony of the 20th Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (CARAT) joint U.S.-Philippines naval exercise at the former U.S. naval base of Subic, about 70 miles west of Manila, Philippines Thursday, June 26, 2014. After more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaida-linked militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as the Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday. The move reflects shifting security strategies and focus in economically vibrant Asia, where new concerns such as multiple territorial conflicts involving China have alarmed Washington's allies entangled in the disputes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines -- After more than a decade of helping fight Islamic militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have been crippled, officials said Thursday.

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