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Hungary Will Withdraw Troops From Iraq

Hungary will withdraw its 300 non-combat troops from Iraq by March 31, the country’s new prime minister said Wednesday, because staying longer would be an “impossibility.” “We are obliged to stay there until the (Iraqi) elections. To stay longer is an impossibility,” Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany said at a ceremony to mark the end of mandatory military service in Hungary. The former communist country, which joined the European Union in May, sent the troops as part of the U.S.-led coalition, but the government has been under mounting pressure from citizens and opposition parties who oppose the soldiers’ presence. The Iraqi elections are due to be held by Jan. 31. Full Story

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