Japan to withdraw air defence force from Iraq by year-end

November 28th, 2008 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Nov 28 (Xinhua) Japan Friday said it would withdraw its air defence force from Iraq by the end of the year.Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) will pull out from the war-ravaged country on completion of its five-year mission.

The government said the decision to withdraw its air defence force was taken in view of the improvement in the security situation in Iraq.

The ASDF, which engaged in airlifting troops and material for the US multinational forces in Iraq, continued its mission after the country’s Ground Self-Defense Force troops were withdrawn in 2006.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Posted in World |