Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Seoul considers reduction of Zaytun troops

Yonhap reports that South Korea is considering withdrawing a little less than one-third of its 3200 troops in Iraq. This is not a tit-for-tat one-third reduction to match USFK's reduction of one-third of its troops in South Korea. Uri Party lawmaker and chief policy coordinator Kim Sung-gon calls this "inevitable" since American, British, and other foreign forces are pushing for withdrawal or reduction of their soldiers."

Kim also sited increasingly unfavorable public sentiment for the ROK presence in Iraq, but Seoul is not headed for a full withdrawal. Kim says that the 1000 troops coming home would mostly be combat soldiers, while medics and engineers would remain since they are still needed.

The Korean government actually did decide to reduce troops by 1000, and almost exactly how it was stated here. See the update portion of this post for details.

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