PM-Elect to Pull All Spanish Troops From Iraq

Published March 15, 2004

| Associated Press

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (search), whose Socialist party won Spain's general elections, said Monday that he will recall Spain's 1,300 peacekeeping troops in Iraq by June 30.

Once he puts together his governing coalition, is installed as prime minister and consults with political parties, "the Spanish troops which are in Iraq will be returning home," he told Cadena Ser radio.

Zapatero had pledged this during his election campaign, which crystalized Spaniards opposition to last year's U.S.-led invasion of the Middle East country, ostensibly to search for weapons of mass destruction (search), which have not been found.

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