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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-05 03:35 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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