Friday, March 09, 2007

Georgia Makes Up For Leaving Brits

The Republic of Georgia is adding 1,150 troops to its Iraq contingent. More than making up for the 1,000 Brits who will be leaving Iraq for Afghanistan.

The embassy of the Republic of Georgia said Thursday the former Soviet republic is raising the number of soldiers it has with the US-led coalition in Iraq to more than 2,000 from its current 850.

A statement sent to The Associated Press and attributed to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said the country was committing its troops for one year. Georgian officials were consulting with their US and Iraqi counterparts about how the troops would be deployed.

"We understand that the next year will be decisive in terms of stabilizing the situation in that country," Saakashvili said in the statement. "We want to do everything possible to help the Iraqi people and coalition partners bring stability, peace and freedom to Iraq."
Help for the Iraqi people. Something you don't hear much from war opponents in the USA these days.

Most welcome.

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