Wednesday, February 22, 2006

U.S. Joins Landslide Rescue Effort

Here's a story that received limited MSM attention (the Marines not 'killing innocent civilians', that is). I don't remember seeing the photo at all.

A search-and-rescue mission to find survivors of a landslide that completely wiped out a farming village in the eastern Philippines went into high gear Monday as hundreds of U.S. military personnel arrived to help dig through the mud and debris.
While the largely Filipino crew had made progress in the search and recovery mission before the Americans arrived on Sunday, the use of U.S. equipment and manpower considerably improved the operations.

Two military ships and several helicopters were diverted from military exercises in the Philippines to help with the rescue operation. About 3,000 U.S. military personnel, or half of the contingent sent to the country for the exercises, would be participating in the operations, according to officials in Manila.

"I've put in as many people as requested. We're going to respond as quickly as we can," Brigadier General Mastin Robeson said in Manila on Monday during the opening ceremonies for the military exercise called Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder."

"We're still working together shoulder to shoulder. We're not skipping a beat," Robeson said.

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