[Marxism] US To Deploy 3,600 South Korean Troops To Occupied Iraq

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Fri Apr 2 19:05:25 MST 2004

[From:           	Rick Rozoff]


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
April 2, 2004


South Korean officials said on 2 April that the
country will dispatch 3,600 troops to one of two
cities in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, Yonhap
news agency reported. Negotiations with the United
States on the Korean deployment determined that the
troops would be sent to either Irbil or
Al-Sulaymaniyah, according to Korean Defense Ministry
spokesman Brigadier General Nam Tay-yon. The final
deployment site will be determined after Korea
conducts an "on-the-spot check," of the two cities,
Nam said. An unidentified Defense Ministry official
told Yonhap that South Korea will send a fact-finding
team to Iraq next week. The official added that the
troop deployment, originally set for late April, will
be delayed until mid-June. South Korean troops were
originally slated to deploy troops to the volatile
northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, which has experienced
tension and fighting amongst its Kurdish, Arab, and
Turkoman population in recent months. However, it
canceled those plans on 19 March, citing U.S. pressure
to participate in "offensive operations" that Seoul
saw as contrary to its mission of peaceful
reconstruction. KR

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