Iraq: Najaf ''handed over'' to Spanish-led force

Published September 23rd, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

US Marines officially handed over Tuesday control of the Iraqi southern province of Najaf to a Spanish-led contingent. 


Marines commander Gen. John Kelly transferred authority to Spanish General Alfredo Cardona, head of the Plus Ultra brigade of Spanish, Salvadoran and Honduran troops at a joint parade in the military headquarters in Najaf. 


Cardona said his men would work "body and soul" to ensure security and quality of life throughout the region. 


"Security is our priority in this province but we also have a mission to meet the needs of the people and rebuild their infrastructuras", he added. ( 

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