30 Bulgarians Refuse to Serve
AFP reports that 30 Bulgarian soldiers in a 500-man battalion scheduled to go to Iraq have refused to serve there. A recent attack by guerrillas in Karbala wounded 64 Bulgarian troops and killed 4. AFP said, “Members of the replacement battalion on Friday demanded that a clause be written into their contracts stipulating that they can at any time pull out of the mission and return home, the radio reported.” Service in Iraq is voluntary. There are likely to be growing such controversies among the coalition of the willing should there be further attacks like that in Karbala.