TOKYO, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Defense Agency Director General Fukushiro
Nukaga said that Japan will withdraw its non-combat troops deployed in southern
Iraq at the same time that British and Australian troops are pulled out, Kyodo
News agency reported Tuesday.
Nukaga told the United States officially for the first time Monday in
Washington that Japan will pull out its 600 ground troops from the southern
Iraqi town of Samawah when British and Australian forces withdraw their forces,
the agency quoted a Japanese official as saying.
But Nukaga, speaking at a top U.S.-Japan security meeting of defense and foreign ministers,
noted that Japan intends to keep its Air Self-Defense Force unit
in Kuwait to continue its mission to airlift supplies to Iraq with C-130
As for factors in deciding the pullout, Nukaga cited the political process, transfer of
security roles to Iraq, movements of British, Australian and other multinational
forces, and reconstruction work, Kyodo News said. Enditem