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El Salvador Considers Deploying Sixth Contingent of Troops to Iraq


El Salvador's president says he may send a sixth contingent of troops to Iraq to contribute to the U.S.-led war effort there.

At a news conference Tuesday, President Antonio Saca announced he will make the decision by early February.

President Saca noted that soldiers are already being trained for the possible mission, saying he thinks it is necessary to complete the humanitarian work El Salvador has begun in Iraq.

Last August, El Salvador dispatched a contingent of 380 soldiers to Iraq.

Two Salvadoran soldiers have been killed in Iraq - one during an insurgent attack, one in an accident. At least one dozen others have been wounded.

El Salvador is the only Latin American country with a military presence in Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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