Troops in Iraq
This comes from General Michael Sullivan, with the comment "First time
I've seen these figures".
Subject: Troops from the Coalition of the Willing
BY THE NUMBERS 06/21/04 Troops in Iraq
Which countries have provided military support
United States 130,000
Czech Rep. 92
Dominican Rep. 300
El Salvador 360
New Zealand 60
Philippines 95 (175 on the way)
Slovakia 69 (120 on the way)
South Korea 675 (3,000 on the way)
Thailand 443 (30 on the way)
Sources: Reuters news reports/GlobalSecurity.org
RH: How many of these countries are receiving US financial support for their toops?
Regarding the list of numbers of troops from different countries in Iraq, Hank
Greely says: "I imagine that smaller countries might consider it, among
other things, a useful training exercise for their military to be deployed in
an operation with military forces from major countries. They may also find it
useful to give their troops some experience under fire or at least in danger.
I wonder if General Sullivan can comment on that". General Sullivan is
on vacation; he may have something to say when he returns. What Hank says is
clearly true, but it does not answer the question as to who pays the bills.
The US has been throwing around millions to achieve it aims (the latest the
offer of $25 million for the capture of an Iraqi terrorist). Certainly the US
has been paying the expenses of some of the contingents, but I have not seen
any official account of this. It may be a military secret. Incidentally, the
list gives the figures after the withdrawal of Spanish troops, but before the
withdrawal of those from the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.
Ronald Hilton -