Saturday, October 18, 2003

Troops

There will be no Pakistani troops in Iraq:

Pakistan has bluntly refused to send any troops to Iraq, dealing an early blow to US hopes that Washington will be able to lever its diplomatic victory at the UN Security Council yesterday into a speedy boost in resources for its campaign in Iraq.

But there will be more South Korean troops:

In a boost for the United States, South Korea pledged Saturday to send more troops to Iraq but did not specify how many or whether they would be combat troops.

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"The government will decide on the number, characteristics and timing of the dispatch after considering the U.S. request and public opinion," said Yoon Tae-young, a spokesman for South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.

South Korea's military's capacity and other factors would also be taken into account, Yoon said. South Korea sent 675 non-combat troops to Iraq earlier this year.

Alongside 130,000 American soldiers, there are currently more than 20,000 troops or security forces in Iraq from 26 nations, most of them organized under two peacekeeping contingents: under the British in the south and under the Poles in central Iraq.


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