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Philippines Pulls More Troops From Iraq

The Philippines worked Friday to meet the demands of kidnappers holding a Filipino truck driver, withdrawing a further 11 troops from Iraq. The Filipino soldiers drove over the border into Kuwait in three vehicles about 8 p.m., said Lt. Col. Hashem Abdullah, an Iraqi officer at the border town of Safwan. The troops were seen off by a delegation of U.S. troops, he said. Their exit reduces the Philippines’ troop strength in Iraq to 32, said Philippines Foreign Secretary Delia Albert, who said the head of the humanitarian mission also would be withdrawn. The pullout came despite criticism from the United States and Australia, who said the Philippines was sending the wrong signal to terrorists. Full Story

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