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The Philippine military said Wednesday it had launched an air and ground assault against Islamic militants wanted for a spate of kidnappings, with 14 militants and one soldier killed in the clashes.The fighting began on Tuesday after marines overran a camp of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group on the heavily forested island of Jolo, military spokespeople said.Fourteen Abu Sayyaf members and one marine died on Tuesday, and clashes continued into Wednesday, national military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said in Manila.The group is believed to have only a few hundred militants, according to the military.
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