The Slovak government, Reuters said, agreed to pull its soldiers from Iraq in February, joining several other European Union nations that have withdrawn troops from the country following a government change. Slovakia was a staunch supporter of the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq under the centre-right government of Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda. He lost power in a June election and the new leftist administration of Prime Minister Robert Fico has long opposed Slovakia’s presence in Iraq. Fico campaigned hard in the election on a pledge to bring troops home as soon as possible. Slovakia has 110 army engineers and security personnel in Iraq.

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