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Honduras to send troops in Iraq

PLA Daily 2004-02-17

MANAGUA, Feb. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Honduran Deputy Chief of Staff Hector Pavon went to the Palmerola Comayagua military base Monday to see off 95 Honduran soldiers joining the Iraqi peace mission.

Reports from the Honduran Armed Forces said that 93 of them will leave Tuesday for Iraq, therefore completing the second expedition battalion comprising 373 soldiers and officers.

Under the Spanish command of the Plus Ultra Brigades, the Honduran troops will participate in humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping mission and the re-establishment of basic services in the central-southern city of Najaf.

Honduras sent troops to Iraq as part of a multinational stabilizing force. And the United States, who led a war on Iraq last March, has about 123,000 troops in Iraq.

The first group of 185 Honduran soldiers left on Feb. 2 for the Middle East country.

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