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Plane With Georgian Minister Fired Upon

A plane carrying the Georgian defense minister came under fire as it took off from Baghdad’s airport to return to Georgia, the minister said Friday. No one was injured. Defense Minister David Tevzadze said that American soldiers responded immediately and dispatched a helicopter after the plane came under fire after it took off Thursday evening. The shooting then stopped. “I was sleeping at the time,” Tevzadze said after arriving Friday in Tbilisi. “I was only later told about the incident.” Tevzadze spent two days in Iraq with Georgia’s peacekeeping contingent. The former Soviet republic has 70 special forces, medics and sappers currently serving in the city of Tikrit under American command. Three hundred more Georgian servicemen are expected to head to Iraq in February. Full Story

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