Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Here's a list of who is offering what.

ALBANIA - Offered to send troops in a largely symbolic gesture.

AUSTRALIA - Sent 2,000-strong force of elite SAS troops, fighter jets and warships to the Gulf.

BAHRAIN - Headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

BRITAIN - Washington's chief ally on Iraq has sent or committed 45,000 military personnel, planes and warships.

BULGARIA - Offered use of airspace, base and refuelling for U.S. warplanes; sent non-combat troops specialising in chemical and biological warfare decontamination.

CROATIA - Airspace and airports open to civilian transport planes from the coalition.

CZECH REPUBLIC - Sent non-combat troops specialising in chemical warfare decontamination in response to U.S. request.

DENMARK - The government decided to take part in the military action with a submarine and a corvette and a medical team.

GERMANY - Despite opposition to a war on Iraq, has chemical warfare decontamination specialists in Kuwait.

HUNGARY - Hosts a U.S. base where Iraqi exiles are trained for possible post-war administrative roles.

ITALY - Offered logistical help and use of military bases and ports under longstanding NATO commitments.

JORDAN - Opened its airspace to coalition planes; hosts U.S. troops carrying out search and rescue operations in western Iraq and manning a Patriot anti-missile defence system.

KUWAIT - Hosts coalition forces massed for an invasion.

LATVIA - Government has decided to ask parliament to authorise the deployment of a small number of troops.

OMAN - Base for U.S. planes used in Afghanistan, but says will play no role in a war against Iraq.

POLAND - To deploy up to 200 troops in the Gulf region, which will perform a non-combat role supporting any U.S.-led offensive.

PORTUGAL - Made available NATO air bases and an air base in the mid-Atlantic Azores islands.

QATAR - Hosts a mobile HQ for U.S. Central Command; allowed Washington to expand an airfield to handle more combat jets.

ROMANIA - Airspace and a base open to U.S. warplanes; sent non-combat specialists in chemical decontamination, medics, engineers and military police in response to a U.S. request.

SAUDI ARABIA - U.S. and British planes use its Prince Sultan Air Base to enforce a ''no-fly zone'' over southern Iraq.

SLOVAKIA - Sent non-combat troops specialising in chemical warfare decontamination in response to a U.S. request.

SPAIN - Strongest ally of the United States and Britain. Promised use of its NATO bases for a strike on Iraq. Spain will send a medical support vessel equipped with nuclear, biological and chemical treatment facilities. A back-up frigate and 900 troops will accompany the support vessel in the event of a conflict.

TURKEY - Hosts U.S. planes enforcing ''no-fly'' zone in northern Iraq. Parliament has rejected a resolution to allow use of airspace and deployment of American troops for an attack on Iraq but the cabinet was to debate the resolution again on Tuesday with a possible parliamentary vote on Wednesday.

UAE - Base for U.S. surveillance aircraft and refuelling; host to an estimated 3,000 Western troops.

UKRAINE - Agreed to U.S. request that it send chemical warfare and nuclear decontamination experts.

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