posted on Sep, 13 2005 @ 02:25 PM
TOKYO (AFP) Sep 13, 2005
Britain and Australia have told Japan that they are planning to withdraw their troops from the Southern Iraqi city of Samawah, where Japanese Ground
Self-Defense Force (GSDF) troops are engaged in a postwar reconstruction mission, Jiji Press reported Tuesday.
It said government officials had told the news agency that Japan was informed of the plan one or two months ago.
No specific timetable has been given for the planned withdrawal, they added.
The British and Australian forces are guarding the non-combat troops of the GSDF in the Iraqi city, the report said.
If the British and Australian forces leave Samawah, Iraqi forces are to take over the guarding duties. It is widely believed in Japan that the
Japanese troops would not be able to operate safely in Samawah in such a situation.
Maybe Japan needs to get some of their combat troops over their to protect the construction military personnel? Either way, its weird Britain is
pulling out troops.