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Philippines Completes Pullout From Iraq

The Philippines said Monday that it has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping contingent from Iraq, meeting a demand by Iraqi insurgents threatening to behead a Filipino hostage but defying opposition from Washington. The last members of the 51-strong force made an “exit call” on the new Polish commander at their base in Hillah, south of Baghdad, then waved as they left in six cars. Foreign Secretary Delia Albert said they would travel by road to Kuwait, a several-hour trip, then take a commercial flight home. They had been scheduled to leave Iraq on Aug. 20.Full Story

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