Dec 20, 2009 7:48am
Georgia is dispatching nearly 1,000 troops to Afghanistan as a sign of gratitude towards the West, President Mikheil Saakashvili wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Saturday.
Mr Saakashvili, who is keen for Georgia to join NATO, stressed that Tbilisi was "firmly allied to the values of the US and the trans-Atlantic community".
Georgia "has been grateful for the extent to which the US and Europe have stood alongside us over recent years. Now we are proud to stand - and fight - alongside you," he wrote.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) froze its ties with Russia after its conflict with Georgia in August 2008. Ties were restored about four months later.
The troop commitment - a heavy battalion and two light companies - makes Georgia the largest per capital contributor to the war effort, Mr Saakashvili wrote.
An infantry company of about 170 Georgian troops is already in Afghanistan, serving under French command, and nearly 800 Georgian troops will be deployed with US Marines to Helmand province.
Georgia was also a key contributor to US-led forces in Iraq, where 2,000 of its soldiers served near the Iranian border until 2008, the second-largest presence among US allies in Iraq after Britain.
PS:если коротко-Грызуния посылает 1000 своих говорящих овец в Афганистан.