(FILES) This file photo taken on August 23, 2008 shows a column of Russian armored vehicles moving towards the Roki tunnel on the border with Russia as they leave South Ossetia. / AFP / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV
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Georgia Thursday welcomed the International Criminal Court's inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during its 2008 war with Russia over Moscow-backed breakaway South Ossetia region.After winning the brief war, Russia officially recognized South Ossetia -- along with another breakaway Georgian region Abkhazia -- as independent states, tightening its grip on the two territories where it maintains military bases.Together the two regions comprise some 20 percent of Georgian territory.
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