The Defense Agency is considering dispatching UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters of the Ground Self-Defense Force to Iraq, agency sources said Monday.

They said the multipurpose aircraft, each with a capacity of 15 people, could be used for medevac missions or to transport senior officials around the southeastern Iraqi city of Samawah, where a contingent of 500 GSDF troops is expected to be deployed to help rebuild the occupied country.

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