About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 15:27 - 21 Apr.'15
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgia Extends Troop Deployment in Iraq
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 21 Mar.'08 / 11:26

Georgia will maintain its 2,000 troops in Iraq for “several more months,” Aleksandre Lomaia, the secretary of the Georgian National Security Council, said on March 20.

Lomaia said that the matter had been discussed during the meeting between U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and President Saakashvili in Washington. Lomaia, who attended the meeting, told Rustavi 2 TV: “At the meeting the U.S. side officially requested the Georgian president to extend the presence of the Georgian troops in Iraq for several more months, because our American colleges assess the presence of our troops in that important part [of Iraq] as very important for the success of the operation.”

Georgia increased its troop level in Iraq from 850 to 2,000 last year and it was originally planned to decrease that level to 300 this summer.

Georgian soldiers are located in the province of Wasit, patrolling the city of Al Kut, which is 185 kilometers south-east of Baghdad.

According to the Georgina Ministry of Defense one Georgian serviceman died in a car accident in Al Kut in December 2008. Another serviceman, according to the MoD, committed suicide last October.

A total of 18 Georgian servicemen have been injured in Iraq since the first deployment in August 2003.

President Bush told his Georgian counterpart at a meeting in Washington on March 19: “The citizens of Georgia must know that the troops that have been provided there are brave, courageous professionals, and have made a significant difference.”

Latest News
21 Apr.'15 15:27
PM Names New Infrastructure Minister
Nodar Javakhishvili will replace Davit Shavliashvili, who filed resignation on April 21.
21 Apr.'15 13:34
Infrastructure Minister Files Resignation
The ministry said Shavliashvili stepped down because of health reasons.
21 Apr.'15 10:59
Georgian, Ukrainian Parliament Speakers Meet in Kiev
Setting up of parliamentary conference of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova proposed.
20 Apr.'15 21:31
Georgian, EU Foreign Ministers Meet in Luxembourg
EU foreign policy chief, neighbourhood commissioner also participated in the Friends of Georgia meeting.
20 Apr.'15 11:56
Belarus President to Visit Georgia
Lukashenko will meet Georgian leadership in Tbilisi and will also visit Batumi on April 23-24.
20 Apr.'15 11:31
Georgian Fighting for Ukraine Killed at Shyrokyne
This is the fourth reported fatality among Georgians fighting in Ukraine.
19 Apr.'15 01:56
Georgian Parliament Speaker to Visit Ukraine
Parliamentary delegation will visit Kiev on April 19-21.
18 Apr.'15 14:40
Bill Criminalizing ‘Calls for Violent Actions’ Worries Rights Groups
Although revised, the bill still poses threat to freedom of expression, rights groups say.
17 Apr.'15 17:09
Bill Against Involvement with Illegal Armed Groups Abroad Discussed
The bill was expected to be voted on Friday, but was delayed because of thwarted session.
17 Apr.'15 16:43
UNM’s Protest over Detention of Ex-SWAT Commander Thwarts Parliament Session
Parliament failed to open session as UNM MPs refused to undergo registration.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
35