Lydia de la Cruz Ghazzawi, right, and her husband, Khaled Ghazzawi, watch the Philippine News at their home in Pacifica, Calif., as her brother, Angelo De la Cruz, was shown Friday. The Philippines confirmed Saturday it would withdraw its small peacekeeping contingent from Iraq on July 20, as planned, but it was unclear if the announcement had saved the life of De la Cruz, a Filipino hostage being held in Iraq.

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