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5941Re: [Slovak-World] Slovak-Iraq Question

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  • Martin Votruba
    Nov 30, 2003
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      > When the conflict started, Slovakia sent biological and chemical

      Yes, Noreen, they've been replaced by an engineering unit, currently 82
      troops (of the 85 approved by Parliament). Relative to Slovakia's size,
      that's about the equivalent of 4,500 troops dispatched abroad by the U.S.
      They conduct minesweeping operations. Along with Polish, Spanish, and
      other non-US, non-British troops, they're in the South-Central Sector
      under Polish command.

      Early last week, Bratislava announced that another 30-member patrol unit
      should be sent to Iraq in February to protect the Slovak engineers.

      Slovakia has about 850 soldiers in a variety of international
      military/peacekeeping missions in foreign countries, including Afghanistan
      -- the equivalent of about 44,000 troops sent overseas by the U.S.


      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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