Thursday, January 01, 2004

Combat soldiers

Thailand is sending more combat soldiers to Iraq:

Thailand will reduce the number of engineers and increase the number of combat soldiers and medics in Iraq, the Bangkok Post reported Wednesday.

Of the 443 soldiers stationed at Lima camp in Karbala, which was hit by a truck bomb on Saturday, 250 are army engineers and 50 are combat troops.

"We may reduce the army engineers to 200 and send an extra 30 combat soldiers," army commander Gen. Chaisit Shinawatra said. There would also be extra medics, although the total size of the contingent would be unchanged.


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