Tuesday, August 12, 2008

US flies Georgia troops to Georgia war

The United States armed forces have flown the Georgian contingent of the international coalition of troops back to Georgia. Until the troop withdrawal, Georgia had the third largest contingent, with 2,000 troops, following the United Kingdom. Georgia represented the last non-British force to have a contingent of troops in excess of 1,000 in Iraq. During peak years of 2003 and 2004 the international coalition included many countries having forces between 1,000 and 3,600 troops in Iraq: South Korea, Poland, Australia, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Georgia.

Russia did much to provoke a pretext for invading. It issued passports to people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Hence, it could intervene, on the pretext of protecting "its people."

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