Saturday, August 9, 2008

Commander: Georgia to remove all troops in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Georgia will remove all of its 2,000 soldiers from Iraq to join the fighting in the breakaway province of South Ossetia as soon as transport can be arranged, the commander said Saturday.

A U.S. military spokesman says the departure of the Georgian contingent — the third largest contributor to coalition forces after the U.S. and Britain — will have "some impact" in the near term but no significant long-term effect on Iraq's security.

Col. Bondo Maisuradze, commander of the Georgia brigade, told The Associated Press that all his troops would be leaving, but he couldn't say when because transportation arrangements had not been finalized. "All the Georgian guys will be leaving for the homeland," he said.

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