Julie Bishop says Australia is ready to ‘advise, assist and train’ armed forces in ‘pretty brutal fight with Isis’

Australia has offered to help train the Philippine military in its fight against Islamist extremists, according to the foreign minister, Julie Bishop.

Bishop said on Tuesday she had offered the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, the same assistance that Australia was providing Iraq in its battle against Islamic State, which is looking to expand into the southern Philippines.

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