Thailand has rejected a U.S. offer of military assistance to help quell an insurgency in the country's Muslim-majority south. “[U.S. military assistance] is not necessary," said Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. "This is our own internal problem which we have to solve among ourselves. This is the problem where all Thais need to cooperate and participate.” His comments followed a Human Rights Watch report that argued the military-backed Government has stepped up its use of militias in a bid to solve the long-running insurgency, putting civilians at a greater risk of violence. Chulanont said his Government would act forcefully against militants but insisted that it would not use illegal methods in battling the terrorists.