Iraq Update October 11th
Sofia News Agency – Sofia Decides on Date for Troops Rebasing
The relocation of Bulgaria’s troops in Iraq from the southern city Karbala to the Qadissiya province is expected to take place October 20 to November 10.
Update: Mosque on fire after U.S. air strikes.
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Still, Sofia will decide on Monday the exact date for the rebasing of the Bulgarian peacekeepers. Defence Minister Nikolay Svinarov said that the relocation should take place before the rotation of the third and the fourth Bulgarian unit.
Bulgaria agreed in September to relocate its troops. Currently there are some 500 Bulgarian peacekeepers based in the Iraqi province of Karbala as part of a Polish-led multinational contingent. The news for the possible relocation of the Bulgarian soldiers as part of a contemplated changeover of command between Poland and the US in the provinces of Karbala and Qadissiya was broken a few weeks ago.
The Bulgarian peacekeepers are to move to the Diwaniyah base where the Spanish troops were located before their withdrawal.