2006 June 20 Tuesday
Japan Pulling Troops Out Of Iraq

Japan is pulling out its small military contingent from Iraq.

Japan will withdraw its 600 troops from Iraq because they have succeeded in their mission, Junichiro Koizumi, Japan's prime minister, has announced.


The mission, which helped reconstruct the relatively peaceful area around the southern city of Samawa, is the first of its kind since the end of Second World War, when America forced Japan to renounce war.

The number of countries contributing troops to Iraq keeps dropping.

The Japanese troops were stationed in a relatively safe location and did not suffer any casualties.

Japan deployed about 600 troops to Iraq in January 2004, but because of the country's pacifist constitution they were prevented from taking a combat role. As a result, the contingent was stationed in an isolated camp on the outskirts of the southern city of Samawah where, protected first by Dutch and then Australian troops, they rebuilt roads and schools.

The Dutch left in March 2005.

The Japanese probably weren't keen on having their soldiers go under the protection of Iraqis.

The prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, said Japanese troops would end their humanitarian mission in Samawa, southern Iraq, as soon as British and Australian troops in the area handed over responsibility for security to Iraqi forces.

If the Iraqis do not want to fight their own insurgents why should we?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 June 20 10:27 PM  Mideast Iraq Exit Debate


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