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Army blamed for Basilan Fiasco deaths
Philippine military insists it is in pursuit of outlaws as battle lines remain blurred and alliances fluid.
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2011 23:48

The Philippine military says ground commanders may be liable for the deaths of at least 19 soldiers who died last month in a battle with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front - where they were out-numbered three to one.

Many families feel their sons were sent on an unsanctioned and badly organised mission in a catastrophic incident now being dubbed the Basilan Fiasco.

This isn’t the first time a so-called “mis-encounter” has happened in Mindanao and even the army admits it can't always distinguish friend from foe.

Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Manilla.

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