Bulgarian Troops Return From Iraq

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The soldiers had been stationed in a camp near Baghdad where they were handling the security of detainees.

U.S. Army Capt. Mike Forbes, left, takes a photo at the site of a car bomb blast in west Baghdad's upscale Mansour neighborhood, Iraq, Thursday, July 10, 2008. Violence in Iraq is at its lowest level in four years, but ask Capt. Mike Forbes, and he will tell you his job as a troop commander in Baghdad has gotten harder, not easier. (AP Photo/Sebastian Abbot)

Bulgaria's last 155 troops stationed in Iraq have returned home.

The soldiers had been stationed in a camp near Baghdad where they were handling the security of detainees.

Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev participated Wednesday in a homecoming ceremony at Sofia International Airport.

He said that the Iraq mission, to which Bulgaria sent troops in 2003, had been a challenge for the country's army.

Thirteen Bulgarian soldiers and six civilians have died in Iraq since 2003. Bulgaria also has troops in international military missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia.

Separately, Estonia's parliament on Wednesday approved a one-year extension for the Baltic country's 37 troops and 3 officers stationed in Iraq.


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