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Passengers in a typical Filipino jeepney observe protestors marching through the streets of Cagayan de Oro, in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao, on February 18 to protest against the presence of U.S. troops in the war-plagued area. This protest, along with demonstrations in other cities and towns throughout Mindanao, marked the beginning of two weeks of joint U.S. training exercises with the Philippine military. U.S. troops have also operated permanently in Mindanao since 2002 in operations against Muslim insurgents.