TODAY IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY:
Philippines Troop pull out from Iraq 14th July 2004. Bowing to pressure from within the country the Philippine deputy foreign minister has announced they will withdraw troops “as soon as possible”.
The Philippines does not have a large contingent of troops in Iraq (estimated less than 100) but it is seen as a blow to the United States because of the signals it will send around the world over allied commitment to Iraq.
This could also send the wrong signals to militants in Iraq that hostage-taking works as many believe this is the main reason for Philippine withdrawal. The withdrawal was made in exchange for the release of a Filipino hostage.
(Ref: thepeoplehistory.com; )