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skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

nato nay-sayers

the kids at the daily cookie send us this australian broadcasting co. piece about how the iraq mission is causing rifts in other nato missions:

the top military commander of the north atlantic treaty organisation (nato) has said in an interview that 10 member countries have refused to send soldiers to iraq, raising "worrisome" doubts over how the alliance will fight future conflicts.

"we have roughly 10 countries that will not participate and not send their forces inside iraq," general james jones, nato's supreme allied commander, europe, was quoted as saying in the financial times newspaper.

"it is worrisome for its implications for the future cohesion of the alliance in future missions. i hope this is the only time it happens”…

opponents of nato training in iraq say a larger presence would amount to putting the alliance into the iraqi battlefield through the back door.

the alliance approved plans last month to send around 300 military trainers to iraq, despite concerns from france and other opponents of the war about whether nato should have a role in iraq at all.

posted by skippy at 8:59 AM |


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