Fifth Armenian Battalion Leaves for Iraq

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The fifth Armenian army unity of non-combatants will leave for Iraq in mid January, a spokesperson for the Armenian defense ministry said, adding that the date of the fourth unit’s return will be announced in the coming days The spokesperson, Seyran Shahsuvarian, said the platoon comprises 30 truck drivers, 10 military vehicle operators, three medics and two officers. When asking the Armenian parliament to extend the presence of the Armenian contingent in Iraq for another year defense minister Serzh Sarkisian said the peacekeeping mission in Iraq promoted the enhancement of international standing of Armenia and its armed forces. He said Armenia could not stay in the sidelines of international integration processes in defense, adding that the participation of the Armenian contingent in the peacekeeping mission in Iraq provided additional levers for protecting national interests in relations with international organizations. Sarkisian argued that Armenia’s two other South Caucasus neighbors Azerbaijan and Georgia have 151 and 864 servicemen in Iraq respectively, but ‘unlike Azerbaijan and Georgia, Armenian troops are non-combat and do not participate in military actions.


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