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Protesting the presence of U.S. troops in the region, Roman Catholic nuns lead a procession of 4,000 demonstrators through the streets of Cagayan de Oro, in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao. The February 18 protests here and in other cities and towns throughout Mindanao marked the beginning of two weeks of joint training exercises with the Philippine military. U.S. troops have also operated permanently in Mindanao since 2002 in operations against Muslim insurgents. The nuns are members of the Sisters Association of Mindanao, a group of some 350 women religious which coordinates work on justice and peace issues.