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The first of the main contingent of the Air Self-Defense Force will leave the ASDF base in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, on Thursday to assist efforts to rebuild Iraq, according to government sources.

About 100 ASDF members are scheduled to arrive in Kuwait on a government plane Friday afternoon. They will join some 40 members of an advance team that has been stationed at Ali Al Salem Air Base in western Kuwait since late December.

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