Thursday, July 29, 2004

Another one gone


Ukraine said Thursday it is in negotiations with the United States and Poland to reduce and eventually withdraw its troops from Iraq, becoming the latest country to consider abandoning the risky military mission.

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Ukrainian troops already have begun turning over guard duties of several key facilities to Iraqi soldiers, the Defense Ministry said in a statement, and Iraqi border guards took over patrols on a section of the Iraqi-Iranian border from a Ukrainian contingent.

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And now the Saudis are coming to President Suck Boy's rescue:

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State Colin Powell and top Saudi officials held talks Wednesday on the possibility of creating a Muslim force to be deployed in Iraq as a supplement to the U.S.-led coalition, U.S. officials said.

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It’s unclear why Saudi Arabia was involved in the negotiations since its troops would not be in any Muslim force, consistent with Iraqi wishes that none of its neighbors send military personnel to avoid possible complications in regional politics.

Some of the countries mentioned as possible participants in a replacement force — Malaysia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Morocco — are from far outside the region.

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The fucking Saudis are involved because Bush promised to blow Bandar if he could get a Muslim force into Iraq as part of the Coalition of the Billing . . . er, Willing. Bush & Co are worried. Especially since the Ukrainians are gonna cut and run. Sorry, Dubya, they're leaving you like rats from a sinking ship. Ha-ha!

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