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WAR: Armenia to Deploy 46 Troops to Iraq

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posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 02:43 PM
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The parliament of Armenia has voted to send 46 non combat troops to support coalition efforts in Iraq. The vote was made despite sharp criticism from opposition groups. The 91-23 vote, backed by the President will send the bomb-disposal experts, doctors and transport specialists into Iraq as early as next month. However government officials stressed that the deployed personnel would only conduct humanitarian operations
 



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YEREVAN, Armenia - Armenia's parliament voted Friday to send 46 non-combat troops to Iraq, a move that was backed by President Robert Kocharian but drew sharp criticism from many Armenians and opposition groups.

After more than seven hours of debate behind closed doors, lawmakers in the National Assembly voted 91-23, with one abstention, to send the contingent, which will include bomb-disposal experts, doctors and transport specialists.

The troops could be deployed to Iraq as early as next month and could serve in Iraq for up to a year, said Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisyan, adding that the contingent would only conduct humanitarian operations.

"There is not, and will not be an Armenian military presence in Iraq," Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan said. "In the humanitarian aspect, it is preferable for Armenia to contribute to the postwar reconstruction of Iraq, in establishing democracy in this country which has important significance for the region and which could have an impact on the Caucasus."


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Another group heading into Iraq. I wonder if this is a id for say future NATO consideration or a deal was negotiated with the Armenians? They no doubt will be welcome, and despite the small size of the commitment, it is a commitment.




posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 02:48 PM
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What is the use to send "non combatants" to become victims of behedings. I don't get it, US does not need "non combatants" right now, It needs good fighters to help take that country back.

I will hate to see this people being hurt.



posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 02:51 PM
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Did'nt Hungery pull out it's troos just yesterday..I guess it's Armenia's turn to get some funds from the U.S. ....emm I mean Support..



posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 02:56 PM
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Originally posted by marg6043
What is the use to send "non combatants" to become victims of behedings. I don't get it, US does not need "non combatants" right now, It needs good fighters to help take that country back.
I will hate to see this people being hurt.


You have to rebuild at some point, and it would have been much simpler to turn the Sunni triangle into a giant parking lot, which they have gone to great lengths not to do. But I think they have a vested interest in not allowing complete Shiite controll of the country so that may also be dictating thier kid gloves strategy.




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