- The Washington Times - Monday, January 2, 2006

South Korea, the Coalition’s third-largest contributor of troops behind the United States and United Kingdom, is reducing its forces in Iraq by one third and extending its overall mission there by another year.

The move was billed as a pullout by some, and indeed South Korea is reducing its 3,200 troops by about 900 beginning early 2006. But South Korea’s troop extension also suggests President Roh Moo-hyun’s pledge to see the Coalition’s mission through to success is being honored.

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