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A year after the Sept. military established the task force in the southern Philippines to help ill equipped Filipino forces contain a bloody rampage by Abu Sayyaf gunmen, who carried out bombings, terrorized entire towns and kidnapped more than 100 people, including three Americans. forces are barred by the Philippine Constitution from engaging in combat, the advice, training, military equipment and intelligence, including drone surveillance, that they provided helped the underfunded Philippine military beat back the Abu Sayyaf. Embassy Press Attache Kurt Hoyer said in a written response to questions sent by email by The Associated Press. military planners in coordination with their Philippine counterparts "to begin working on a transition plan where the JSOTF P as a task force will no longer exist," Hoyer said, adding there were currently about 320 American military personnel left in the south.
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