Armenian Soldier Wounded in Iraq Recuperating in US

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Defense minister Mikael Harutiunian said Wednesday the Armenian senior lieutenant Gevorg Nalbandian, who was wounded in November while on duty in Iraq was recuperating at a US-based hospital. Nalbandian was wounded while on a mission to defuse mines. He lost his leg in a roadside bomb explosion in which one Polish and one Slovak soldier were killed in south-central Iraq. The bomb exploded near the town of Al Kut in Wasit province as a multinational convoy was returning to its base. Another Polish soldier and Nalbandian were wounded in the attack and rushed to hospital by helicopter. He was first transported to an American military hospital in Germany for treatment and then to the US. The minister said after a complete recovery, Nalbandian would return to Armenia to continue his service. Harutunian said a prosthetic leg was outfitted for him, adding that he needed time to adapt to his new reality. "We have also considered a number of positions which he can hold when back home," the minister said.

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