MADRID, Spain (AP) - The leader of Spain's victorious Socialists said Monday he will bring his nation's troops home from Iraq by June 30, fulfilling a campaign promise a day after his party's surprise victory in elections overshadowed by terrorist bombings.
The defeat Sunday of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's conservatives marked the first time a government that backed the U.S.-led war in Iraq had been voted out of office and came amid charges that Aznar made Spain a target for terrorists by supporting the war.
Thursday's train bombings killed 200 people and wounded some 1,500.
"The Spanish troops which are in Iraq will be returning home," Socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told Cadena Ser radio. He said the troops would be recalled once he puts together a government some time in mid-April and formally takes over as prime minister.
New leader vows to bring troops home from Iraq
Published: Tue Mar 16, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:56 p.m.