Philippine Troops Start Leaving Iraq, Allies Upset

The Philippines began pulling troops out of Iraq Friday to save the life of a Filipino hostage, ignoring calls from the United States and other allies not to bow to kidnappers’ demands.
Diplomats in Baghdad said a headless corpse found in the Tigris River was probably that of a Bulgarian hostage killed by militants linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. Hopes of finding a second Bulgarian alive were fading, they said.
Speaking on television, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Delia Albert said all of Manila’s small force would leave soon.
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