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Southeast Asian countries launch trilateral air patrols

Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines expand joint terrorist surveillance

Special forces of the Royal Malaysian Air Force perform a drill during the launch of trilateral air patrols at an air force base in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Three Southeast Asian countries on Thursday launched trilateral air patrols and intelligence sharing, aiming to keep a lid on Islamist militancy in the region.

The move follows joint sea patrols that began in June in the Sulu Sea off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

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