Parliament passes decision to withdraw Azerbaijani peacekeepers from Iraq

Parliament passes decision to withdraw Azerbaijani peacekeepers from Iraq
# 14 November 2008 09:48 (UTC +04:00)
Deputy Chairman of the Parliament’s Standing Commission on Security and Defense Issues Aydin Mirzazadeh said on November 7 Azerbaijani President appealed to the Parliament for considering the withdrawal of the military contingent serving with the international coalition forces in Iraq.
The commission considered the issue on withdrawing Azerbaijani servicemen. The members of the commission agreed to discuss the issue at the plenary session of the parliament.

Following this, the draft law was put to the vote, 86 voted for and 1 against it.

Contingent of Azerbaijani Armed Forces has been serving in Iraq with the international coalition forces since August 15, 2003 under the decision of the parliament. Azerbaijani peacekeepers protect Al-Haditha water reservoir and hydropower plant supplying 30 percent of Iraq with electricity.
About 450 workers have been employed in the plant. Azerbaijani peacekeepers protect 15 square meter territory in Al-Haditha, 12 posts have been set up here.

1 Azerbaijani peacekeeper was killed in Iraq.

150 servicemen - 14 officers, 16 ensigns and 120 soldiers serve in Azerbaijani contingent in Iraq. They were rotated every six months.
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