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U.S. forces in S. Korea reinstates curfew following rape cases

(Xinhua)

09:54, October 08, 2011

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday they will put a command-wide curfew in place for the next 30 days, following two rape cases involving U.S. soldiers.

The curfew takes effect from midnight until 5:00 a.m. during weekdays and 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekends and U.S.-observed holidays.

"Given the incidents that have occurred over the last several months, I'm reinstating the curfew to assess current conditions, mission requirements, and potential force protection concerns," Gen. James D. Thurman, the commander of the U.S. forces here, said in a press release.

Personal discipline directly affects mission readiness and the strength of the alliance, Thurman added.

The move comes after two rape cases implicating two U.S. soldiers, which prompted angry calls for revisions to the agreement defining legal status of U.S. military personnel.

Some 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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