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GEORGIAN PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI ANNOUNCES GEORGIA'S OFFER TO TRIPLE ITS TROOP'S DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has announced that Georgia is ready to triple its deployment of troops to Iraq as part of its continuing efforts to assist the Iraqi government and coalition forces in bringing peace and stability to Iraq.

"We are ready to significantly increase the Georgian troop deployment to Iraq. We understand that the next year will be decisive in terms of stabilizing the situation in that country. We want to do everything possible to help the Iraqi people and coalition partners bring stability, peace and freedom to Iraq," he stated.

By offering one-year commitment Georgia is intended to strengthen its contribution to international peace and security in close cooperation with the Iraqi and US governments.

Georgia deployed forces to Iraq beginning in 2003 and currently has 850 elite troops in-country making it one of the most significant security contributors on a per-capita basis. It is anticipated that this number will exceed 2000 troops. Georgian military officials are already consulting with their Iraqi and U.S. counterparts to work out logistical and other issues associated with an increased deployment.

President Saakashvili has also offered to make available more than hundred additional troops for the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

 
 
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