Japan vows to dispatch forces to Iraq as two US soldiers injured north of Baghdad
Japan's Minister of Defense Shigeru Ishiba said on Sunday his country ought to resist threats from "terrorists" and stay with its plan to dispatch troops to war-torn Iraq.
"If we are intimidated and do not dispatch Self-Defense Forces, Japan will be seen as a country that backs down if threatened," Ishiba told TV Asahi.
"Stability in the region is a matter of life or death for Japan," the Minister added.
Meanwhile, two US soldiers were injured Sunday when their vehicle drove over a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, according to witnesses.
A witness said the booby trap went off at around 7:30 am (local time) near the village of Al-Aswad, eight kilometers from Bakouba. "Two soldiers were wounded and their Humvee was damaged when the bomb exploded," said a witness. (Albawaba.com)
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