Asia's Presence

Numbers indicate size of contingent already in Iraq

CONTINGENT: 120 engineers and medics; another 450 soldiers are expected by the end of March. In total, Japan will provide more than 1,000 troops
MISSION: Rebuild schools, bridges and roads; provide clean water and medical assistance

CONTINGENT: 700 medics and engineers; another 3,000 soldiers, including marines and combat troops, are expected in April
MISSION: Build and repair infrastructure; provide medical services

CONTINGENT: More than 440 soldiers, medics and engineers; another...

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