Skip to comments.More Japanese troops arrive in Iraq
Posted on 02/22/2004 6:17:07 AM PST by knighthawk
The largest contingent to date of Japanese troops bound for a controversial mission to Iraq arrived in Kuwait on Sunday.
About 140 ground troops in green fatigues and berets arrived at Mubarak Air Base, south of the capital, on their way to Iraq to take part in a humanitarian mission that has been criticised as a violation of Japan's pacifist constitution.
The latest arrivals will join about 100 troops who are constructing a base near the town of Samawa in southern Iraq.
Japan is to send a total of up to 1,000 troops including air force and navy personnel on the mission to help reconstruct Iraq after last year's US-led war ousted Saddam Hussein.
The dispatch of the troops has divided public opinion at home and sparked demonstrations.
Japanese troops have not fired a shot in battle or suffered a casualty abroad since World War II.
In Japan, a National Police Agency official said security had been stepped up at key sites around the country, including government offices, US bases and nuclear power plants, to guard against a possible terror attack.
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