South Korea's ruling party on Thursday backed government plans to dispatch 3,600 soldiers to northern Iraq, overcoming resistance from some members who had demanded that the long-delayed dispatch be reconsidered.
The decision was made during a meeting of Uri party leaders after President Roh Moo-hyun appealed to them for cooperation.
The National Security Council was expected to meet this week to decide details of the deployment, and South Korea reportedly plans to send the troops to Irbil in northern Iraq this summer.
The deployment - would make South Korea the largest occupation partner after the United States and Britain. (Albawaba.com)
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