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Good news from Iraq: Danish army secretly evacuates 200 Iraqis

A nice story out of Iraq for a change: as the Danes are permanently withdrawing from Iraq next month, they have given 200 Iraqi collaborators asylum in Denmark, rather than just abandoning them in Iraq.

Danish army evacuates 200 Iraqis

The Danish military has secretly airlifted out of the country about 200 Iraqis who were helping its troops.

The Iraqi civilians, mostly those working as aides and translators in the southern region of Basra, will now be offered asylum in Denmark.

A military spokesman said the operation was carried out because of fears the Iraqis might be targeted by militants after the Danish troops pulled out.

Denmark is scheduled to withdraw its 480-strong force from Iraq next month.

Low profile

Military spokesman Lt-Cdr Nils Markussen said the initiative had come from Danish soldiers serving in Iraq.

"The signal we want to send is that


Added: Jul-20-2007 
By: stromseal
Iraq, Middle East
Tags: Iraq
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