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Philippines Capitulation in Iraq Widely Questioned

The Philippines’ capitulation to hostage-taking Islamic militants in Iraq on Wednesday was criticized by foreign governments and domestic media as other states with troops there vowed not to pull them out. Manila said it had begun preparations to withdraw its 50 troops in Iraq in line with the demands of kidnappers who threatened to behead hostage Angelo de la Cruz unless Philippine troops left by July 20, a month ahead of schedule. Some Philippine media said the government spared truck driver Angelo de la Cruz only at the expense of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s reputation and possibly even ties with key ally the United States.Full Story

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