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14 killed in new anti-terror Philippine offensive

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 14 Philippine marines and Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a clash in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at rescuing six foreign and Filipino hostages and stopping the al-Qaida-linked gunmen from staging more kidnappings in the country's south, a military commander said Sunday. Seven marines and seven Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed in the gunbattle,...