Cabinet confirms February Iraq pull-out

THE CABINET has confirmed that 99 Slovak soldiers deployed in Iraq will return home in February. Six officers from Slovakia will remain at the UN command, while five will stay with the NATO training mission.

Prime Minister Robert Fico said that if the Iraqi government is interested in Slovakia's assistance, the country is ready to train its mine-clearing specialists or policemen here in Slovakia.

Defense Minister František Kašický said that the withdrawal from Iraq will cost Sk32 million, but that the country will save Sk105 million by bringing the troops home.

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