- Title: IRAQ: THAI TROOPS BEING WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ
- Date: 27th August 2004
- Summary: (U4) SAFWAN, IRAQ'S SOUTHERN BORDER POINT WITH KUWAIT, IRAQ (AUGUST 27, 2004)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF VEHICLES CARRYING THAI TROOPS SLOWING DOWN AS THEY APPROACH BORDER, CHILDREN THROWING PLASTIC IN ROAD TO MAKE VEHICLES SLOW DOWN 0.36 2. SLV MILITARY VEHICLES AND AMBULANCE HEADING TOWARD BORDER CROSSING 0.48 3. VARIOUS OF THREE BUSES CARRYING THEIR TROOPS CROSSING INTO KUWAIT FROM SAFWAN BORDER CROSSING POINT 1.09 4. VARIOUS THAI FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE AND OTHER MILITARY VEHICLES CARRYING TROOPS TO BORDER 1.16 5. SLV THAI TROOPS CONVOY CROSSING SAFWAN/ KUWAIT FLAG AT BORDER POINT 1.33 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 11th September 2004 13:00
- Location: SAFWAN, BASRA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVAENBDRPKIQJJG7EXLYBMUREBT7
- Story Text: Thai troops start pulling out from Iraq.
Thailand's small contingent of troops in Iraq
started leaving for neighbouring Kuwait on Friday (August
According to official sources the troops are expected
to finish their withdrawal within four days ending a
controversial year-long posting.
The contingent of engineers and medics started pulling
out on Thursday (August 26) from their camp near the
central Shiite holy city of Kerbala and is expected to
return to Thailand by September 20.
The troops' heavy equipment was moved out last month.
The Thai contingent has hardly left camp since April
after it was ordered to hunker down because of rising
violence across the country.
Thailand sent a contingent of 451 troops but two were
killed in a car bombing in December in Kerbala. Thailand
remained neutral during the US-led invasion.
The withdrawal came despite a request from UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan last month for the Thais to delay their
departure because of the persisting security crisis in
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