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Philippines Leader Duterte Wants To Boot US Troops Out Of Country’s South

The Philippines president says US troops “have to go” from the south of his country. He blames American soldiers for inflaming tensions with the local Muslim population, saying they would “never have peace” with a US military presence.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he is opposed to US soldiers being stationed in the southern Mindanao region, recalling how American troops took part in a pacification plan against Muslim Filipinos going back over a century. He said that this has caused a long period of resentment from the minority Muslim population against a majority of Catholics in the south.

“For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land,” Duterte said on Monday, as cited by the AP.

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