S. Korean troops in Iraq to pull out by Dec. 20: official

Oct 29 (Yonhap) -- All South Korean troops currently stationed in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil will be pulled out before the end of this year, ending the country's four-year presence in the U.S.-led war on terrorism in the Middle Eastern country, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

"There are no changes to the basic plan to withdraw the Zaytun unit before the end of December," the spokesman, Won Tae-jae, said in a daily press briefing.

"According to a tentative schedule, the unit will transfer all its missions to U.S. forces there and start pulling out in early December and will be back in the country no later than Dec. 20," Won added. (Yonhap)