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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-05 02:35 PM
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16. Howard admits backflip on Iraq troops decision
Prime Minister John Howard has conceded the Federal Government has reversed an earlier decision to not send additional troops to Iraq
An additional 450 troops will be sent to southern Iran to begin work in early May, training security forces and protecting Japanese soldiers involved in the reconstruction effort.

The commitment came after the Dutch Government decided to pull out its 1,400 troops, in the face of strong domestic pressure. Mr Howard has told ABC radio's AM program, circumstances in Iraq have altered and he does not apologise for changing the Government's policy.

"I'm not running away from the fact that I had previously said I did not contemplate a major increase and that was a fair statement of the Government's state of the mind at the time I made that," he said. "But in these situations a government have a capacity, if circumstances alter, and it is judged to be not only in our own interests, but also in the broader interests of democracy in the Middle East, that we make those changes."
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  -Australia to send 450 more troops to Iraq cal04  Feb-21-05 08:13 PM   #0 
  - This is a duplicate.  Massacure   Feb-21-05 08:28 PM   #1 
  - I don't think it was posted before  cal04   Feb-21-05 09:04 PM   #2 
  - Australia Says It Will Send 450 More Troops to Iraq  NNN0LHI   Feb-21-05 09:16 PM   #3 
  - Iraqi Resistance will make 450 more car bombs.  Massacure   Feb-21-05 09:16 PM   #4 
  - Ausie Military Voluntary?  Disturbed   Feb-21-05 09:16 PM   #6 
  - Weird our closest "partners" in this all were former Brittish outposts  Skip Intro   Feb-21-05 09:16 PM   #5 
  - Australia has a history of teaming up with the USA in lost causes.  NNN0LHI   Feb-21-05 09:29 PM   #8 
     - We have a depressing history of loyalty, it's true.  rooboy   Feb-21-05 09:35 PM   #9 
  - 450 more troops  mrdmk   Feb-21-05 09:16 PM   #7 
  - "Australia" has NOT been a "staunch ally"; HOWARD has been  LynnTheDem   Feb-21-05 11:35 PM   #13 
     - That was then.....  rinsd   Feb-22-05 03:50 PM   #19 
        - They've never supported the invasion of Iraq  LynnTheDem   Feb-22-05 04:59 PM   #22 
  - Like Rooboy says we have a depressing "death wish" over here in Oz  ausiedownunderground   Feb-21-05 10:13 PM   #10 
  - Canada used to be "ready, aye, ready", too  daleo   Feb-21-05 10:26 PM   #11 
  - Top line!  Phoebe_in_Sydney   Feb-22-05 05:27 AM   #14 
  - Howie the duck didn't mention this during his election campaign...  LynnTheDem   Feb-21-05 11:33 PM   #12 
  - kick  Moderator   Feb-22-05 02:34 PM   #15 
  - Howard admits backflip on Iraq troops decision  cal04   Feb-22-05 02:35 PM   #16 
  - Iran? A Freudian slip, I assume. nt  Kimber Scott   Feb-22-05 02:35 PM   #17 
     - the author must have noticed that too  cal04   Feb-22-05 02:40 PM   #18 
  - Uhhh... How In The World Does...  jayfish   Feb-22-05 03:59 PM   #20 
  - Why not just stop with the lamb shipments to Iran? Cause a revolution!!  applegrove   Feb-22-05 04:09 PM   #21 
  - Why 450 Oz troops to replace 1,400 Dutch Troops?  ausiedownunderground   Feb-22-05 08:07 PM   #23 

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