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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:58 PM
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Korean troops out of Afghanistan
Source: Canada/MWC.News

South Korean troops have returned home from Afghanistan, ending the country's five-year contribution to US-led forces there.

The pullout of 195 troops mostly medics and engineers - was part of a pledge South Korea gave to the Taliban to ensure the freedom of 23 hostages taken captive earlier this year.

The Taliban killed two male South Korean captives before freeing all 21 others in August.

Despite the withdrawal, Seoul plans to send up to 30 people, including five soldiers, to Afghanistan in January to run a hospital that had been managed by South Korean troops at the US military base in Bagram, north of Kabul.

Separately, South Korea has said it is preparing to pull out about 350 troops from Iraq, out of nearly 1,000 it has deployed there, at the beginning of next week.

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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:23 PM
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1. I hope all foreign troops and fighters leave Afghanistan.
The Afghanis should be free to determine their own destiny without outside interference.
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 06:01 PM
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2. The Taliban is also an outside influence
basically a creation of the Pakistani ISI.
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