The United States has donated weapons and ammunition for air strikes conducted by the Philippine Air Force against Maute terrorist group members in Marawi City.
In a statement, the United States Embassy said it has already turned over 1,040 rocket motors and 992 rockets through its Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) as part of the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement.
The transfer of weapons and ammunition, it stated, will enhance the counter-terrorism efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), what with its continuous effort to weed out Maute group terrorists who are currently holed up in Marawi City for more than two months now.
“The munitions and weapons deliveries will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities, and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines, including Marawi,” the statement read.
The US military has been assisting the AFP in its operation in Marawi City through modern equipment, particularly in identifying the location of the Maute gunmen for air strikes.
On Friday, the US government has donated two aircrafts equipped with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
The United States has vowed to give more weapons and ammunition, saying that what has so far given were just part of the series of transfers in the coming years.