14 Oct 2003

Threats to Fiji soldiers in Iraq downplayed

11:08 am on 14 October 2003

The Fiji representative of British security firm says there is nothing new in reports that Fiji staff sent to Iraq are being threatened.

Col Sakiusa Raivoce says the hundreds of Fiji soldiers contracted by Global Risk Strategies are well-armed and trained to deal with attacks and confontrations.

He says they encountered similar risk in Lebanon where many Fiji soldiers have served with the UN.

Col Raivuka's comment follows reports of new threats from an Iraqi resistance group which wants all foreign troops killed.

The group, Jihad Brigades of Imam Ali Bin Abi-Taleb, has threatened to take its operations to Arab and non-Arab nations in Iraq and follows a suicide bombing in Baghdad yesterday which killed eight people.