posted on Aug, 2 2004 @ 02:24 PM
Brussels (AP) - Nato has begun deploying forces to protect next month's Olympic Games in Athens from attack by weapons of mass destruction, in line
with an agreement with Greek authorities.
The Multinational Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Task Force is being deployed as part of a Nato operation dubbed Distinguished Games to
protect the August 13-29 Olympics, it said in a statement.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said the force, comprising troops and equipment from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Poland and
Spain should be in place at its base in Halkida, north of Athens, by this weekend.
Greece has asked Nato to provide both surveillance backup in the form of Awacs planes and anti-terror forces on the ground, as part of a vast security
operation surrounding the Games.
"The Hellenic government retains full responsibility for the overall Olympic security operation, which will be supplemented by Nato's assistance," the
alliance statement added.