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Hungarian Troops Return Home from Iraq


Hungary's 300-member contingent deployed in Iraq has returned home after parliament refused to extend its mission.

The troops arrived in Hungary on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Hungarian government had sought to extend the mission to March 2005 but the center-right opposition in parliament voted down the plan.

Hungary lost one soldier during the transportation unit's deployment to Iraq, which began in August 2003.

Hungary plans to send 150 soldiers as part of a NATO-led mission to train Iraq security forces next year. Deployment under a NATO umbrella does not require parliamentary approval.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.

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