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Philippine troops kill 17 Muslim rebels

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MANILA - The Philippine military said Tuesday it had killed 17 militants opposed to a peace deal between the government and the country's main Muslim rebel group, as fighting raged for a second day. 

Philippine troops patrol a highway in Guindulugna town, Maguindanao province, on southern island of Mindanao on July 30, 2013

More than 1,500 troops are involved in the offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in remote farming areas of the mainly Catholic country's Muslim south, regional military spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso said.

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