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S. Korea to send troops to Iraq in April

Dec. 23, 2003 at 3:29 PM

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- South Korea's cabinet has agreed to send 3,000 troops to Kirkuk, Iraq, next April through the end of the year.

The contingent will independently take charge of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq and a center of Iraq's oil industry. It is regarded as safer than the so-called Sunni Triangle, the Korea Times reported Tuesday.

Seoul has said the contingent will engage in non-military operations with a focus on rehabilitation.

Some 700 army engineers and medics already work in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.

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