SOFIA (Reuters) – The Bulgarian government decided on Thursday to relocate 155 Bulgarian troops serving in Iraq to Baghdad to guard a U.S. detention facility.
The decision is pending parliament approval.
In March of 2006 the NATO member country sent 120 soldiers and 35 support troops to guard a camp for Iranian refugees in Ashraf, 70 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, as part of the multinational forces in Iraq.
The cabinet said in a statement the troops, whose mission expires at the end of the year, would be relocated to Camp Cropper near Baghdad’s airport in July to guard detainees undergoing a reintegration program.
The Ashraf camp has been transformed into a centre for Iraqi police training, the statement said.