BAKU. April 19 (Interfax) - A company of 150 Azerbaijani
soldiers will guard Muslim holy sites in the Iraqi cities of
Qerbela, Qirkuk and Mosul, Azerbaijan's defense minister said
"Azerbaijan is also ready to carry out other tasks in Iraq
as part of operations for the postwar reconstruction of the
country," Safar Abiyev told reporters.
"At present this entire set of issues, including the date
of the Azerbaijani military unit's departure for Iraq, is
being discussed with the leadership of the coalition forces.
"At the very start of the Iraqi operation, a representative
of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry was delegated to the U.S.
and has permanently been at the coalition forces headquarters
to coordinate joint actions." [AZ EUROPE EEU EMRG IQ MEAST
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