The Philippines' Iraq Connection

Why exactly was Husham Husain, a mid-level Iraqi diplomat in Manila, expelled from the Philippines last week? There is little doubt that Husain had been pushing the boundaries of proper diplomatic conduct by attending and even helping to organize rallies against the U.S., and meeting with a wide variety of individuals openly hostile to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's administration. But was he really involved in the wave of terrorist bombings on the southern island of Mindanao that the government blames on Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic guerrilla group that, in its early days, had links...

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