Georgia's president says the country is calling home its 2000 troops from Iraq
Georgia: Russia has invaded and we are under attack
1,400 reported dead. Georgia to withdraw troops from Iraq for use in South Ossetia.
By Gary Fennelly
Friday, 8 August 2008
Russia sent troops and tanks into the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia today as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared "the war has started".
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "War started today in South Ossetia when Georgia attacked Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region."
Earlier an official in Georgia's National Security Council said Russia invaded Georgia.