Mongolia May Pull Troops from Iraq as early as September
Monday, 18 August 2008
Mongolia's National Security Council is discussing
the possible pull-out
of Mongolian troops from certain international peace-keeping
missions, including the Polish-led
peace-keeping force in Iraq. The
pull-out could occur as early as
The issue surfaced after Poland officially
informed Mongolia of its decision to pull Polish peace-keeping troops
out of Iraq by October 2008, a move announced by the new Polish government led by the Polish
Liberal Party. At
the same time, the Polish government said itwould
continue to contribute troops to other EU foreign missions, including in
Pakistan and Chad.
In recent years, Mongolia has played
an active role in international peacekeeping operations, deploying nearly
900 soldiers to war-plagued countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and
Sierra Leone. Mongolia sent its tenth peace-keeping mission to Iraq this year. Mongolian
troops provide Force Protection at
Camp Echo in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq.
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