Pompeo's assertion that "the South China Sea is part of the Pacific" is a significant move. U.S. recommitment increases the risk of an unwanted conflict.
The military on Wednesday killed nearly 20 pro-Islamic State (IS) bandits, including a Singaporean terrorist, in massive air and ground assaults.
Unlike many of his slain comrades, the touted new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines lacks the bravado, clan name or foreign training.
President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with an international summit and a series of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who is overseeing a bloody drug war.
President Trump met with Philippines President Duterte amid questions from human rights advocates about whether Trump would confront his counterpart over a bloody drug war.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, paving the way for a visit next month by President Donald Trump, congratulated the Philippine army for its successes against militants in the southern city of Marawi.
The last two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of Marawi.
The United Nations cannot stop Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte from killing democracy and Kim Jong-Un from launching missiles over Japan and other Asian destinations.
On the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, 21 million people are living under martial law. President Rodrigo Duterte declared 60 days of martial law on May 23.