Georgia reiterated on Thursday that it had no plans to reduce the size of its military presence in Iraq, and sent 300 troops as part of a regular rotation. George has deployed nearly 900 servicemen to Iraq, mostly combat troops trained by U.S. military instructors. "There are no plans to reduce Georgia's peacekeeping contingent in Iraq," Georgian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Nana Intskirveli told The Associated Press. Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili has forged close ties with the United States and pledged to maintain its military presence in Iraq even though that 12 of its troops have been wounded since the deployment began in August 2003
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Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land