posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 08:22 PM
It seems that the U.S. led coalition in Iraq is loosing its foundation. After Spain it 's now Honduras that announces a total withdraw of troops,
presently in a Spanish-led humanitarian and peacekeeping brigade. Scheduled pull out is at the end of June, because of the absence of a new U.N.
mandate on Iraq. Nicaragua had troops in the Ultra Plus Brigade too, about 115 soldiers, those troops have since gone home. The Nicaraguan government
claims a lack of sufficient funding for a second contingent.
Even though the U.S. goverment tried to get further support from The Netherlands, the Dutch goverment also seems to decline a further commitment, and
will most probably pull out its 1,300 troops, also at the end of June, as Dutch domestic pressure rises.
"I would remind Dutch citizens that al-Qaida has an interest in Iraq for a reason," Bush said after meeting Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
of the Netherlands, which is considering bringing its troops home in July. "They realize this is a front in the war on terror, and they fear the
spread of freedom and democracy in places like the greater Middle East."
Middle East Online
[Edited on 19-4-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 19-4-2004 by Hoaks]