|Latvia's President Vaira Vike-Freiberga|
Latvia's parliament has extended the stay of the country's troops serving in Iraq until the end of the year.
Sixty seven of the 100 lawmakers Thursday in Riga voted in favor of extending the mission by six months.
Latvia, which joined NATO last year, has more than 100 troops in Iraq supporting the U.S efforts there. Latvia has also contributed troops to multinational forces in Afghanistan and the Balkans.
Some information for this report provided by AP.