Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Lithuania 'seriously considering' withdrawing troops from Iraq

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Lithuania is "seriously considering'' withdrawing its 53 troops from Iraq, a government spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Defense Ministry spokeswoman Ruta Apeitkyte told The Associated Press that the Baltic country was considering not replacing the contingent when its mission ends in August.

It was the first time that Lithuania, a staunch U.S. ally, indicated it would reduce its commitment in Iraq.

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