Romanian contingent ends Iraq deployment

Romania's 300-strong military contingent in Iraq has ended its deployment in Iraq with a ceremony held at its base in the southern province of Dhi Qar attended by President Traian Basescubut.
The ceremony Thursday was held at the Imam Ali military base in Dhi Qar's capital Nasiriyah.
The Romanian contingent is among a handful that has remained in Iraq after the Jan. 1 expiry of the U.N. mandate that governed the presence of the U.S.-led coalition force in Iraq.
Aside from the United States, the remaining troops come from Britain and Australia.
The Romanians suffered three fatalities during their Iraq mission. Several members of the Romanian military will remain behind in Iraq to help with reconstruction projects.