S. Korea to withdraw troops from Iraq within 1 yr.

The South Korean government plans to withdraw all its troops from Iraq by the end of 2007, the ruling party said Thursday. The move, subject to parliamentary approval, comes after Seoul already said it planned to reduce its forces in the wartorn country - where it had been the third-largest contributor of international forces to stabilization efforts there. In a meeting with government officials and the ruling Uri Party, they agreed to end operations in Iraq in 2007, the party said.