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Associated Press, Published May 08 2010

Return of Guardsmen from Kosovo delayed

BISMARCK – The return of about 160 North Dakota National Guard soldiers serving in Kosovo has been delayed.

The soldiers were to fly back to the U.S. this week. The Guard says their departure has been delayed by ash from the Iceland volcano.

The Guard on Friday did not immediately have an estimate on when the soldiers would be able to leave.

The soldiers with the 231st Maneuver Task Force and the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade initially were not expected home until July or August, but the military’s plans changed.

About 500 North Dakota soldiers will remain in Kosovo as part of a larger NATO peacekeeping force after the group of 160 soldiers is able to leave.

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