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Half of Georgia’s 2,000 troops in Iraq plan to leave the country by Monday to join the fight against separatists in the breakaway province of South Ossetia, with the rest following as soon as possible, their commander said.
“First of all we need to remove 1,000 guys from here within 96 hours, after that the rest of the guys,” Colonel Bondo Maisuradze told The Times this morning.
“The US will provide us with the transportation,” he added.
Georgia had said initially that it planned to withdraw just half of its contingent in Iraq.
BAGHDAD (AFP) — Georgia's 2,000 strong contingent in Iraq began to return home on Sunday to redeploy in the conflict in its breakaway province of South Ossetia, a US military spokesman said.
"Flights have in fact begun today and Georgian forces are redeploying," US military press spokesman Major John Hall told AFP.
"We are supporting the Georgian military units that are in Iraq in their redeployment to Georgia so that they can support requirements there during the current security situation."
The departure of the soldiers from Georgia -- the third largest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the United States and Britain -- will mean some adjustments for the US military.
Originally posted by jhill76
reply to post by Memysabu
(A Russian general) have already stated premptive nuclear strike
Can you provide a link to this, this is news to me.
Originally posted by Attari
What's the friggin point sending them to Georgia?They are not super humans that can take on the russian might.They are basically getting transported to their deaths.Every footage on tele i see,there are countless bodies of georgian soldiers all over the place.
Originally posted by Memysabu
Originally posted by Attari
My guess is they want the US involved.
2000 more troops isnt going to help them at all.
Israeli press reported the transfer of American weapon to Georgia
The USA organized it [aviamost] on the delivery to Georgia from Jordan of the weapon, which was being intended for the American contingent in Iraq, it reports NEWSRu.co.il with the reference to the Israeli newspaper “[Maariv]”.
According to the data “Of [maariva]”, the weapon is moved by the transport aircraft of Russian production, which belong to airline UTI. The point of sending named [Akaba] in Jordan, which has long ago been used by the USA as transportation terminal point for the deliveries in the Iraqi.
They are achieved since Saturday August 9 according to the information Of mIGnews, delivery from [Akaby] in Tbilisi.
Meanwhile The Of jerusalem of Post writes that Georgia called Israel to show pressure in Russia; however, in the official statement of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs was contained only the expression of apprehension and call to peaceful resolution of conflict, but not the censure of the actions of Russia.
Itself Israel, according to the data Of the Of jerusalem of Post, in the recent months ended the deliveries of weapon into Georgia. After this, Georgia repeatedly requested to renew deliveries; however, in the Defense Ministry of Israel they came to the conclusion that there is a danger of the collision between Georgia and Russia, and they refused.