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Manila Starts Withdrawing Troops From Iraq; U.S. Criticizes Step

The Philippines started withdrawing troops from Iraq on Wednesday to meet the demands of insurgent hostage-takers, and drew criticism from the United States. “As of today, our head count is down from 51 to 43,” said the Philippine foreign secretary, Delia Albert, on national television on Wednesday, referring to the number of Filipino troops and police officers helping occupation forces in Iraq. The Philippine government acted in response to the threat made by Iraqi insurgents that they would execute a Filipino driver and father of eight, Angelo dela Cruz, unless it withdrew its contingent of 51 troops by July 20, about a month earlier than planned.Full Story

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