In a nine-hour battle over the weekend with Islamic rebels on the island of Basilan, some 18 Filipino soldiers were killed and another 52 were wounded. The Abu Sayyaf got off lightly with just four killed.
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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.