August 9, 2008
Georgia pulls 1,000 troops from Iraq
Deborah Haynes in Baghdad
Half of Georgia’s 2,000 troops in Iraq plan to leave the country by Monday to join the fight against separatists in the breakaway province of South Ossetia, with the rest following as soon as possible, their commander said.
“First of all we need to remove 1,000 guys from here within 96 hours, after that the rest of the guys,” Colonel Bondo Maisuradze told The Times this morning.
“The US will provide us with the transportation,” he added.
Georgia had said initially that it planned to withdraw just half of its contingent in Iraq.