The Quiet Koreans

South Korea's troops are landing in Iraq, but very, very discreetly. Last week in the northern city of Arbil, a convoy of flatbed trucks carrying construction machinery and ambulances rumbled through town to a base being constructed on the city outskirts, trailed by a camouflaged armored vehicle with an Arabic sign reading "We Are Friends." Back home, friends and relatives could barely get any news of the troops, although South Korea will soon have the third largest number of foreign soldiers on Iraqi soil—3,600—after the U.S. and Britain. Citing security concerns, Seoul in July requested Korean media to report as...

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