Thursday, September 21, 2006
Italy today handed military control of the southern province of Dhi Qar to Iraqi police and military forces during a ceremony in Nassiryah, continuing a withdrawal promised by Prime Minister Romano Prodi. ``We've met our objective, and the mission is accomplished,'' Italian Defense Minister Arturo Parisi said today in a televised speech made during the ceremony. ``We're pulling out our military contingent, but it doesn't mean we're turning our backs on Iraq.''
Romania also has a battalion of about 402 soldiers in Dhi Qar out of a total of 628 in the country. Romania last month said it would withdraw some of its troops from Iraq as the government takes over military control