U.S. flying Georgian troops home from Iraq.

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"U.S. flying Georgian troops home from Iraq."

The AP reports that a “senior U.S. military official says the Americans have begun flying Georgian troops home from Iraq after they requested help with transportation”:

Georgia has called its 2,000 troops home from Iraq to help in the fighting against Russia in the breakaway province of South Ossetia and asked the U.S. military to help transport them. The official says that the U.S. military has agreed to their request and “some flights have already begun.”

Last year, Georgia raised its level of troops in Iraq from 850 to 2,000 and makes up the third-largest foreign troop presence in Iraq, behind the United States and Britain.

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Georgian troops have “retreated from the breakaway province of South Ossetia on Sunday as their U.S.-allied government ordered a cease-fire and pressed for a truce, overwhelmed by Russian firepower in a conflict that threatened to set off a wider war.”

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