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Japan to keep troops in Iraq despite suspected terrorist attack

Japan will keep its troops in Iraq to help the war-torn country rebuild despite a mortar explosion near the Japanese base in the southern Iraqi city of Samawa, officials said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said the Japanese government would boost security to ensure the safety of Japanese soldiers in Samawa. “We cannot deny that it was a terrorist attack,” the top government spokesman told a news conference. “If it’s officially confirmed as a terrorist attack, we must regard the case as serious.” But Defence Agency secretary-general Shigeru Ishiba told a separate briefing that the troops would stay on to conduct their duties, adding he had no information about who was responsible for the explosion. Full Story

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