Kazakhstan finishes rotation of peace mission in Iraq

Kazakhstan finished at the end of August the latest rotation of its peacekeeping troops in Iraq, the country's Defense Minister Mukhtar Altynbayev told a press conference here on Saturday. This has been the fourth troop rotation since Kazakhstan first sent a peace mission to the war-battered country in 2003, said Altynbayev.


As the previous missions, the current dispatch is also composed of 27 sappers, he said.
Kazakhstan has been maintaining a contingent of 27 sappers in Iraq since August 2003 to help clear land mines there and the number of land mines and other explosive devices they have cleared has exceeded 3 million.
One sapper was killed during the mission and several others were injured.

Kazakh President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev said earlier this month that his country has no plan to pull its mission out of Iraq, adding that the troops are there to provide help to the Iraqi people.

Von: 10 September 2005, http://news.xinhuanet.com

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