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Bulgaria Sends Fourth Unit to Ashraf Camp

Bulgaria’s fourth non-combat unit to guard the Ashraf refugee camp north of Baghdad leaves for Iraq on Monday.

Deputy Defense Minister Sonya Yankulova, army staff and defense officials, families and friends of the troops will attend the official ceremony in the town of Vratsa, Northwestern Bulgaria.

Bulgaria and the United States agreed to extend the Balkan country’s mission in Iraq in the middle of January this year.

Bulgaria’s non-combat unit is 154-strong and guards the Ashraf refugee camp, located 60 km north of Baghdad.

At the end of December the United States sent an invitation for extending the term of the mission from the end of March 2007 till the end of the year.

Bulgaria News Agency/30 July 2007

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