United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg on Wednesday said they do cooperate with the Philippines and other countries in fighting international terrorism and that what happened to 44 elite commandos from the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was a tragedy.

“What happened in Mamasapano was a tragedy, the objective of removing an international terrorist who is present in Mindanao was accomplished and then as everyone knows the tragedy [struck] the 44 very brave SAF members who were killed [during their] withdraw[al] [after the mission was accomplished],” Goldberg told the Pandesal media forum in Quezon City on Wednesday.

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