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Japan Court Nixes Suit Over Troops in Iraq

A Japanese court on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed by about 3,200 citizens claiming that Japan’s troop dispatch to Iraq was unconstitutional, a court official said. Japan’s government has sent about 550 troops to southern Iraq since early 2004 to purify water, repair schools and help in other humanitarian tasks — the country’s largest overseas military operation since the end of World War II. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s government says the mission is strictly humanitarian, and that the deployment is needed to help stabilize the Middle East country. Full Story

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