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Ukraine PM Wants to Cut Soldiers in Iraq

Ukraine’s prime minister on Monday called for reducing the country’s troop contingent in Iraq, openly disagreeing with top defense officials who want to increase the force. The statement by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych reflected deep divisions over what is likely to be a key issue in Ukraine’s Oct. 31 presidential election, in which Yanukovych is a top contender. Ukraine opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq, but afterwards became one of the largest contributors of troops to the postwar security efforts. Its 1,576 troops are the fourth-largest non-U.S. contingent. Full Story

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