South Korea ends Iraq mission

Return of 500 troops comes as Japan also ends its air-support mission.

    Japan has also ended its air-support
    mission in Iraq [GALLO/GETTY]

    "All the medical facilities and training facilities as well as 36,472 articles of equipment and materials … will remain there and will continue to serve the Iraqi people," Won said.

    Despite the largely humanitarian nature of the deployment, it was largely unpopular with the South Korean public.

    South Korea's withdrawal comes as Japan also ended its five year mission in Iraq this week, recalling its three aircraft involved in airlift operations.

    Tokyo withdrew its 600-strong force in southern Iraq in 2006 but continued air support, lifting equipment and troops.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    Tracee Herbaugh's mother, Sharon, abandoned her when she was born, pursuing a career from which she never returned.

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.