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Philippine president says peacekeepers won't be deployed to 'mission impossible' areas

  • Confetti rains on marching Filipino UN peacekeepers as they are given a heroes welcome Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In a separate ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said his government will no longer deploy troops to security hotspots in the world where they can face unclear or impossible U.N. peacekeeping missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Aquino III said Wednesday hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over into the buffer zone and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino peacekeepers, their mission became unclear.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Confetti rains on marching Filipino UN peacekeepers as they are given a heroes welcome Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In a separate ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said his government will no longer deploy troops to security hotspots in the world where they can face unclear or impossible U.N. peacekeeping missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Aquino III said Wednesday hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over into the buffer zone and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino peacekeepers, their mission became unclear. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students wave Philippine flags to cheer Filipino UN peacekeepers as they are given a heroes welcome Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In a separate ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said his government will no longer deploy troops to security hotspots in the world where they can face unclear or impossible U.N. peacekeeping missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Aquino III said Wednesday hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over into the buffer zone and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino peacekeepers, their mission became unclear and highly dangerous. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Students wave Philippine flags to cheer Filipino UN peacekeepers as they are given a heroes welcome Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In a separate ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said his government will no longer deploy troops to security hotspots in the world where they can face unclear or impossible U.N. peacekeeping missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Aquino III said Wednesday hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over into the buffer zone and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino peacekeepers, their mission became unclear and highly dangerous. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students wave Philippine flags to cheer Filipino UN Peacekeepers as they are given a heroes welcome Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In a separate ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his government will no longer deploy troops to security hotspots in the world where they can face unclear or impossible U.N. peacekeeping missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Aquino III said Wednesday hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over into the buffer zone and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino peacekeepers, their mission became unclear.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Students wave Philippine flags to cheer Filipino UN Peacekeepers as they are given a heroes welcome Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In a separate ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his government will no longer deploy troops to security hotspots in the world where they can face unclear or impossible U.N. peacekeeping missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents. Aquino III said Wednesday hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over into the buffer zone and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino peacekeepers, their mission became unclear.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

The Philippine president says his government will no longer deploy peacekeepers where they face unclear missions like in the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by insurgents.

President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers were tasked to guard a buffer zone separating Israel and Syria. But when the current Syrian conflict spilled over and anti-government Islamic militants started attacking the Filipino and other peacekeepers, their mission became unclear and highly dangerous.

Aquino says: "Our troops cannot be deployed to help in a situation where their mission is impossible or unclear."

The Philippines decided to withdraw the peacekeepers from the Golan Heights ahead of schedule. Aquino met them Wednesday.