Ukraine and Bulgaria

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 25 minutes ago

VIENNA, Austria - Two of America's allies in
Iraq are withdrawing forces this month and a half-dozen others are debating possible pullouts or reductions, increasing pressure on Washington as calls mount to bring home U.S. troops.

Bulgaria and Ukraine will begin withdrawing their combined 1,250 troops by mid-December. If Australia, Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland and
South Korea reduce or recall their personnel, more than half of the non-American forces in Iraq could be gone by next summer.

Japan and South Korea help with reconstruction, but Britain and Australia provide substantial support forces and Italy and Poland train Iraqi troops and police. Their exodus would deal a blow to American efforts to prepare Iraqis to take over the most dangerous peacekeeping tasks and craft an eventual U.S. exit strategy.;_ylu=X3oDMTA2ZGZwam4yBHNlYwNmYw--

So some are withdrawing with the end of their mandates and some are considering withdrawal. Is there going to be a replacement for the departing members of the coalition?
Curious as to why Britain and Australia were thought candidates for withdrawal.

Do they know something we don't ?.
The Australian Govt are preparing to send additional troops (20) to Iraq plus rotate existing troops there in the new year. They have just sent additional SAS troops to Afganistan and just announced this week Training Advisors to help fight terrorist groups in the Philipines. John Howard (PM) has remained consistent with the comment that withdrawl from Iraq and Afganistan will only be carried out when the lob (of training the Iraqi army) is complete. There is nothing to indicate a May pullout at this stage.

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