New Spanish government orders troops out of Iraq

by on April 18th, 2004

MADRID, Spain – Spain’s prime minister ordered Spanish troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible Sunday, fulfilling a campaign pledge and trying to calm his uneasy nation after bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who swept to victory in elections three days after the bombings, said he acted after deciding the United Nations was unprepared to take over the occupation of Iraq — his condition for keeping Spanish troops in the country.

Militants who claimed responsibility for the March 11 Madrid bombings said they were in retaliation for Spain’s role in Iraq.

Etalkinghead Staff