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Japan's GSDF to take 8,000 tons of equipment, supplies to Iraq

PLA Daily 2004-02-13

TOKYO, Feb. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) contingent being deployed for reconstruction missions in Iraq will take more than 8,000 tons of equipment, supplies, including weapons and daily necessities, the Defense Agency said Thursday.

The volume is equivalent to 2,330 3.5-ton trucks or 1,000 cargo containers, according to the agency.

The agency expects to finish transporting the goods by around April, when the contingent is to start providing water, medical aid and help in repairing public facilities in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah and its vicinity.

The goods, comprising 672,840 items, made up of 6,831 types of equipment including materials for setting up a camp, fuel and food supplies, will be transported by a Maritime Self-Defense Forces vessel and other means.

The GSDF plans to send a total of 200 vehicles, including armored vehicles, and some of them have already been airlifted by chartered Russian Antonov planes to Kuwait and traveled to Samawah, the agency said.

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