Hungarian Army Unit Sets Off for Iraq


A Hungarian military contingent, including reservists, is starting a six-month mission to train Iraq’s armed forces.


The 139 soldiers were seen off by relatives and military leaders in a ceremony on Wednesday in the main square of Nyíregyhaza, in north-east Hungary. This is the first contingent to include a large — 41-strong — group of reservists, Gábor Gion, the defence ministry’s state secretary for strategic planning, noted in his speech at the ceremony.


“Operational duties are an important part of Hungarian diplomatic, security and defence policy; the Armed Forces are participating in numerous missions — together with NATO, the European Union and the United Nations — and our coalition partners see us as reliable allies,” Gion said.

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