El Salvador sends more troops to Iraq

El Salvador is sending its ninth contingent to join the US-sponsored occupation of Iraq on Aug. 7. The first Salvadoran troops joined the occupation in August 2003. The new contingent will have some 300 members, from the army’s elite Cuscatlan Battalion; they are expected to serve until December. They replace a somewhat larger contingent of 380 soldiers currently stationed in Al-Kut; officials say the countries in the coalition occupying Iraq have decided on a gradual reduction of their forces. El Salvador is now the only Latin American country with troops in Iraq; five Salvadoran soldiers have been killed there in the last four years. (Univision, July 29 from EFE)

From Weekly News Update on the Americas, Aug. 5

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