MANILA, Philippines (AP) - 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.
Iraqi police said the final contingent of troops drove over the border into Kuwait in a three-car convoy about 4:55 p.m.
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