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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reiterated his resolve Monday to send Ground Self-Defense Force troops to Iraq to help in the country’s reconstruction, despite the repeated attacks there believed carried out by insurgents and terrorist elements.

“Without stability in the Middle East, there will be no peace or stability in the world,” Koizumi said in his New Year’s speech at his office. “We’d like to continue assistance (for the Iraqi people) from that viewpoint.”

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