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Posted: 12/17/2003 2:11:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2003 5:19:21 AM EDT by Adam_White]
Well, it's official now.

Looks like they will be up north, where things aren't quite so hairy, though. This will definitely free up some of our units for focusing on the counter-guerrilla fight.

times.hankooki.com/lpage/200312/kt2003121716041710440.htm


Seoul to Send 3,000 Troops to Iraq in April



By Ryu Jin
Staff Reporter
The South Korean government on Wednesday finalized its plan to send an additional 3,000-strong contingent to Iraq to help U.S.-led reconstruction projects.

With nearly half of it consisting of combatants, ROK troops will work for Iraqi peace and rehabilitation, top Seoul officials said. The ROK contingent maintains an independent command taking charge of an area in northern Iraq.

``We have finalized our plan, based on public opinion, the U.S. request and results of on-site surveys, and the capability of our forces,’’ National Security Advisor Ra Jong-yil said at a press conference. ``The troops will undertake peace and rehabilitation operations.’’

Defense Ministry officials promptly sent a seven-member delegation to Washington to fine-tune the plan. Led by Lt. Gen. Kim Jang-su, the delegation will discuss when and where to deploy the troops. The Korean delegation plans to return Monday.

Officials said the troops will likely be sent to a northern region, like Cayara or Tal Afar, in April next year, but plans have not been confirmed.

``It would take at least four months to organize and educate the troops,’’ Defense Minister Cho Young-kil said, suggesting they would be sent in late April or early May. He expected an advanced party of the troops, however could be sent by March at the latest.

Cho added the safety of the soldiers would be given top priority in deciding the details. He said ministry officials expect highly trained forces from the Special Forces Command or the Marine Corps to comprise a defense team of 1,400 soldiers.

Some 100 civilians, including foreign affairs ministry officials, will also be added to the new dispatch.

The dispatch plan was adopted in a meeting of security-related ministers, over which President Roh Moo-hyun presided. The plan will soon be sent to the National Assembly for approval. South Korea already has already sent 700 medics and military engineers in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq.

The opposition Grand National Party, dominating the unicameral legislature with a majority power, has already hinted support for the government plan.

However, the Assembly faces strong opposition from the public. Hundreds of thousands of citizens have been holding protest rallies across the nation, urging the government to stop joining the debacle in Iraq.



jinryu@koreatimes.co.kr


12-17-2003 16:06

Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:01:10 PM EDT
Are they the Marines? Why are they not going to the Sunni triangle? Did they think that posting heads on poles would make matters worse instead of better?
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:06:57 PM EDT
What do we do if they invade Iran?[:D]
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:13:46 PM EDT
"Watch out for the ROK brigade (ROK brigade) Oh, no it's the ROK brigade (ROK brigade) Look out for the ROK brigade Leading you away, away" [headbang] Apologies to Def Leppard
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:33:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Adam_White: Well, it's official now. Looks like they will be up north, where things aren;t quite so hairy, though. This will defintiely free up some of our units for focusing on the counter-guerrilla fight. [url]http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200312/kt2003121716041710440.htm[/url]
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I have an idea....why not have the Koreans defend their own country and pull our guys out of Korea.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 6:22:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By Adam_White: Well, it's official now. Looks like they will be up north, where things aren;t quite so hairy, though. This will defintiely free up some of our units for focusing on the counter-guerrilla fight. [url]http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200312/kt2003121716041710440.htm[/url]
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I have an idea....why not have the Koreans defend their own country and pull our guys out of Korea.
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The last time we pulled our guys out of Korea, we got embroiled in a 3 year long war within months. Neither the US nor the ROKs want us to leave Korea - and for the same reason we are now in Iraq - to insure regional stability. Lord knows the UN is too ineffective to step up.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 6:52:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Adam_White:
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By Adam_White: Well, it's official now. Looks like they will be up north, where things aren;t quite so hairy, though. This will defintiely free up some of our units for focusing on the counter-guerrilla fight. [url]http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200312/kt2003121716041710440.htm[/url]
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I have an idea....why not have the Koreans defend their own country and pull our guys out of Korea.
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The last time we pulled our guys out of Korea, we got embroiled in a 3 year long war within months. Neither the US nor the ROKs want us to leave Korea - and for the same reason we are now in Iraq - to insure regional stability. Lord knows the UN is too ineffective to step up.
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It has been 50 years!
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 9:29:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR: It has been 50 years!
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And your point is? We are there for stability, and we will stay there fopr stability. According to the new doctrine, we will no longer be a trip wire, but we will stay. As we should.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 10:01:44 PM EDT
From what I have read the ROK's in Vietnam were pretty ruthless.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 10:06:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By Adam_White:
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By Adam_White: Well, it's official now. Looks like they will be up north, where things aren;t quite so hairy, though. This will defintiely free up some of our units for focusing on the counter-guerrilla fight. [url]http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200312/kt2003121716041710440.htm[/url]
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I have an idea....why not have the Koreans defend their own country and pull our guys out of Korea.
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The last time we pulled our guys out of Korea, we got embroiled in a 3 year long war within months. Neither the US nor the ROKs want us to leave Korea - and for the same reason we are now in Iraq - to insure regional stability. Lord knows the UN is too ineffective to step up.
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[red]It has been 50 years! [/red]
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Pretty stable, huh? CW
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 1:44:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CavVet:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: It has been 50 years!
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And your point is? We are there for stability, and we will stay there fopr stability. According to the new doctrine, we will no longer be a trip wire, but we will stay. As we should.
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WTF is “fopr stability”? My point? It is time to go. They can stand on their own feet.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 2:03:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By CavVet:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: It has been 50 years!
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And your point is? We are there for stability, and we will stay there fopr stability. According to the new doctrine, we will no longer be a trip wire, but we will stay. As we should.
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WTF is “fopr stability”? My point? It is time to go. They can stand on their own feet.
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We WANT a forward presence in Eastern Asia. THEY want us to have a presence in their country. It is a WIN - WIN proposition for all parties.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 2:22:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Adam_White:
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By CavVet:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: It has been 50 years!
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And your point is? We are there for stability, and we will stay there fopr stability. According to the new doctrine, we will no longer be a trip wire, but we will stay. As we should.
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WTF is “fopr stability”? My point? It is time to go. They can stand on their own feet.
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We WANT a forward presence in Eastern Asia. THEY want us to have a presence in their country. It is a WIN - WIN proposition for all parties.
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I do not necessarily disagree. But it made more sense during the cold war. (Containment of communism and all of that.) Do we ever pull out?
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 2:31:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By Adam_White:
Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Originally Posted By CavVet:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: It has been 50 years!
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And your point is? We are there for stability, and we will stay there fopr stability. According to the new doctrine, we will no longer be a trip wire, but we will stay. As we should.
View Quote
WTF is “fopr stability”? My point? It is time to go. They can stand on their own feet.
View Quote
We WANT a forward presence in Eastern Asia. THEY want us to have a presence in their country. It is a WIN - WIN proposition for all parties.
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I do not necessarily disagree. But it made more sense during the cold war. (Containment of communism and all of that.) Do we ever pull out?
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Not as long as China is still communist and willing to use force to "adjust" economic arrangements with its smaller neighbors. Not as long as Kim Il is still trying to build missiles to nuke Japanese cities and the west coast of the US, to extort economic consessions.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 2:43:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl: Not as long as China is still communist and willing to use force to "adjust" economic arrangements with its smaller neighbors. Not as long as Kim Il is still trying to build missiles to nuke Japanese cities and the west coast of the US, to extort economic consessions.
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Fair enough.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 10:21:58 PM EDT
I was stationed at Camp Kaiser, Korea with "A" Troop, 2nd Recon Sqardron, 10th Cav between 1962-1963. We had South Korean troops that served with us, "KATUSAs they were called" and they were all tough and dedicated soldiers. The ROK Army or ROK Marines will be a big help for our side, they don't take any shit and they proved that in Nam.
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 1:49:47 AM EDT
To quote a good friend who has worked with ROK soldiers.. "ROK marines? Those guys are freaking kaka in the head."
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 2:02:46 AM EDT
sounds lik the ROK is gonna get some real live fire urban training in iraq, the more soldiers they can get with actual combat exprience could only help them in the NEAR future. north korean invasion coming soon ?
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