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An advance team of about 30 Ground Self-Defense Force troops arrived in Kuwait on Saturday to examine the security situation in southern Iraq prior to the expected deployment of the main GSDF unit.

The troops, who flew out of Tokyo on Friday aboard a civilian aircraft, arrived at Camp Virginia, a U.S. army base in western Kuwait, where they plan to check their equipment and undergo preliminary training before traveling to the southern Iraqi city of Samawah later this month.

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