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Mongolian peacekeeping troops return home from Iraq

PLA Daily 2004-02-19

ULAN BATOR, Feb. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- The first batch of Mongolian peacekeeping troops sent to Iraq last September has returned home after finishing their mission, the Mongolian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Eighty-seven of the 173 Mongolian soldiers arrived back here Tuesday aboard a US transport plane. They were greeted at the airport by Mongolian Prime Minister Nambaryn Enkhbayar, Defense Minister Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa and Chief of General Staff Ts. Togoo.

The rest of the Mongolian contingent were back home Wednesday morning.

Mongolia will continue to participate actively in the UN-sponsored peacekeeping operations around the globe, said President Nachagyn Bagabandy, who awarded medals to the Mongolian servicemen at a ceremony held at the Defense Ministry.

The 173-strong contingent including engineering troops and medical staff went to Iraq last September as part of a multinational force deployed in the country for peacekeeping missions and post-war reconstruction.

Mongolia had sent another 130 soldiers, who are mainly responsible for patrolling and maintaining public order, to Iraq on Feb. 1.

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