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Gen. Paul Selva: New military operation in Philippines should be weighed | Washington Examiner
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Gen. Paul Selva: New military operation in Philippines should be weighed | Washington Examiner

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that the United States should consider restarting a named military operation in the Philippines in order to counter the rise of the Islamic State.Gen. Paul Selva was responding to a question from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a top advocate of intervention there, during an Armed Services Committee hearing on Selva’s reappointment to vice chief.

“In every case where we see the resurgence of terror networks, particularly in the fragile areas of the south Philippines, I think it is worth considering whether or not we reinstate a named operation,” Selva said. “Not only to provide for the resources that are required, but to give the Pacific Command commander and the field commanders in the Philippines the kinds of authorities they need to work with indigenous Philippine forces to actually help them be successful in that battle space.”

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