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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Mar. 19) - Amidst the countdown to war in Iraq, some Fiji soldiers and police officers were leaving Iraq yesterday while other Fiji soldiers prepared to invade it.

Those leaving were Fiji Military Forces officers and Fiji police who have been serving with United Nations. They were being pulled out by the U.N.

Those preparing to invade included soldiers serving in the British Army, which now recruits regularly in Fiji.

An estimated 200 Fiji soldiers are in one area of the British invasion force along with others elsewhere.

People from Fiji who have migrated to the United States and joined the American military are also known to be serving in the invasion force assembled around Iraq.

Fijian Ro Nauludole Mataitini was among United Nations staff members who left Baghdad yesterday after American President George W. Bush gave Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a 48-hour deadline to leave or face war.

He is chief of security for United Nations Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission, UNIMOVIC.

This is responsible for United Nations weapons inspectors who were combing Iraq for suspected weapons of mass destruction.

March 20, 2003

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