Report: Japan plans to extend air mission in Iraq

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November 7, 2006 05:22




The Japanese government is planning to extend its military air mission in Iraq until next July when the law authorizing the current mission expires later this year, a news report said Tuesday. Japan sent about 600 troops to Iraq in support of the U.S.-led coalition in 2004. A special law was required to authorize the deployment - Japan's largest military mission since World War II - because the country's post-World War II pacifist Constitution bans it from using force to settle international disputes. The government is now considering extending the operation until July 31, the Yomiuri newspaper said.


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