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Duterte willing to send ‘batallions’ to help Jordan fight ISIS

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday offered to send Filipino troops to Jordan to help the Arab state fight the Islamic State.

“If there is anything that we can do, if you are short of your army, let me know. One hundred ten million. How much o how m — You need one battalion? Two, three, four, five? I’ll send them to you,” Duterte said during the Business Forum at the Intercontinental Hotel in Amman.

The chief executive said he will commit his government “in the right side of history” which he described as being “fair” and understanding “the problems of humanity.”

“You’ll realize that you need [us] as much as I need you in order to work this place called Earth, beautiful and working for all of us,” he added.

Jordan has been a target for terrorists since it became a key member of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.

In 2017, ISIS-inspired Maute group that attacked Marawi City in its effort to establish an Islamic caliphate in the predominantly Muslim city. More than 1,100 soldiers, Islamic extremists, and civilians were killed as a result of the nearly five-month Maute attacks.

Duterte has embarked on a visit to Jordan from September 5 to 8 after his four-day trip to the Holy Land.