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Georgia: Bodies of killed Georgian troops arrive in Tbilisi

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1. W/S Coffins taken out of plane 2. M/S Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili 3. W/S Procession with coffins, plane with US flag on tail 4. M/S Soldiers lower coffins 5. M/S Mihhail Saakashvili and Georgian officials in line at procession, soldiers holding Georgian flags 6. M/S Soldiers carry coffins to hearses 7. M/S Mihhail Saakashvili and Georgian officials in line at procession 8. W/S Coffins placed into hearses 9. W/S Airport, procession 10. W/S Hearses being driven away. SCRIPT Georgia: Bodies of killed Georgian troops arrive in Tbilisi The bodies of seven Georgian soldiers killed in a recent truck bombing in Afghanistan have been flown in to Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. The troops died earlier this month when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside a Georgian military base, in the Nawzad district of Helmand province. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which also left nine soldiers wounded. The seven coffins were flown in to Tbilisi early on Sunday, where Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili stood in line with government officials as the caskets were removed from the plane and placed into hearses. A service of mourning will be held later on Sunday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi. The bombing was the second deadly attack on Georgian troops in the past few weeks, with three soldiers having been killed in a similar blast in mid-May. 29 Georgian soldiers have now died serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The Caucasian country has deployed over 1,500 soldiers in Afghanistan, making it the largest non-NATO contributor of troops in the country and the sixth-largest overall. Georgia, which aspires to join NATO, serves as a transit country for ISAF supplies. The NATO-led ISAF has lost 81 soldiers this year, with 13 deaths so far in June. It is preparing to withdraw most combat troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014, after which point the US intends to maintain nine permanent military bases in the country.