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Philippines still a friend despite Iraq withdrawal: Powell

Washington was disappointed by Manila’s decision to withdraw its forces from Iraq early, but still considers the Philippines a friend and ally, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said. “We have expressed our disappointment to the Philippine government very clearly and at high levels,” Powell told reporters aboard his plane en route to the Egyptian capital for talks. He admitted that Philippine President Gloria Arroyo’s decision to pull out the troops a month earlier than scheduled following a demand by insurgents who had threatened to behead a Filipino hostage “has not helped in our relationship.”Full Story

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