Georgia is to more than double the size of its forces in Iraq, from 850 to 2,000. The increase will make Georgia the fourth largest contributor of troops to the Coalition in Iraq, behind the US, UK and South Korea:
In a statement, President Mikhail Saakashvili said that Georgia wanted to do everything possible to help the Iraqi people and US-led forces to bring peace and freedom to the country.
The move comes on the back of recent US Congress for Georgian moves towards membership of NATO.
I also wonder if the Georgian government’s decision to send extra troops abroad signifies a growing confidence in the stability of the security situation within Georgia itself. 2,000 men, after all, is a significant proportion of the Georgian army.