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1) Albania sends 70 commandos to join an advance party of six at a U.S. base in Kuwait. They will train there for two weeks before taking up “security and patrolling” duties.
2) Italy said it intends to send troops to Iraq to help keep order and assist with medical and humanitarian aid. The contingent would number between 2,500 and 3,000 troops from the army and navy, but that it would not have a combat role.
3) Denmark says the United States has asked it to send a further 360 staff to head a unit of about 3,000 people, nearly doubling the 380 military personnel and up to 25 police officers offered last week.
4) The Czech parliament approves a plan to send a field hospital with 250 staff to Iraq to provide medical care to Iraqis in the southern city of Basra, news agency CTK says.
5) Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry says the United States has asked it to contribute a peacekeeping force for postwar Iraq, but it sees no need for biological warfare troops originally earmarked for support. The peacekeeping force will probably number about 100.
6) Poland is ready to send “several hundred” troops or police to help oversee the installation of a democratic government in Iraq. Poland has already contributed some 200 troops to the war, including 56 elite commandos, a ship and an anti-chemical unit.
7) Romania’s defense ministry says Washington has asked it to send peacekeeping troops to help stabilize postwar Iraq. Romania originally earmarked 278 non-combat troops for the Gulf. The government will decide in the next few days whether to send the troops, who include medical, engineering and military police personnel (Yes, they will...)
8) Turkey has agreed in principle to a U.S. request to send Turkish soldiers into neighboring Iraq for postwar peacekeeping duties. Gul said Washington had requested help in humanitarian work and reconstruction as well as troops to help bolster security.
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