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El Salvador to Withdraw Troops From Iraq


Salvadoran President Elias Antonio Saca says his country is ending its military presence in Iraq at the end of this month.

President Saca said Tuesday that El Salvador has fulfilled its mission in Iraq, and that the troops will leave sometime after December 31, when the United Nations resolution that authorized the international coalition there expires.

El Salvador has had troops in Iraq since 2003, as part of the coalition led by the United States. El Salvador is the only Latin American nation that still has military forces in Iraq.

Fighting in Iraq has killed five Salvadoran soldiers and wounded 20 others since 2003. Some 200 Salvadoran troops are stationed in Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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