Georgia calls back troops from Iraq amid fighting

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Georgia’s president says the country is calling home its troops from Iraq amid heavy fighting in the breakaway province of South Ossetia.

Georgia has 2,000 troops serving with the coalition forces in Iraq, making it the third-largest contributor after the United States and Britain.

But Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili told CNN television Friday the troops would return urgently to Georgia after fighting erupted in South Ossetia.

“One brigade of Georgian forces is in Iraq and we are calling it home tomorrow,” Saakashvili said in the interview.

Georgian defense officials could not be reached for further details.

08.08.2008

Source: AP

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