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Australia To Send More Troops To Iraq --> An Australian soldier on patrol (epa) September 4, 2006 -- Australia has announced it is increasing its military force in Iraq by an extra 38 troops and four armored vehicles.

At a news conference to make the announcement, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson denied that the increase was due to concerns that Iraq is slipping closer to civil war.

Australia currently has about 480 troops based in Tallil, in Al-Muthana Governorate, helping train and support Iraqi forces.

Meanwhile, at least 30 people, including U.S. soldiers, were killed throughout Iraq on September 3 in violent attacks.

Talks between the United States and Iraq over the transfer of operational command of Iraq's armed forces remain deadlocked, with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanding more independence from the U.S. military.

(compiled from agency reports)

The International Coalition In Iraq
Georgian soldiers marking Georgian Independence Day in Baghdad on June 6 (epa)

COALITION MEMBERS: In addition to the United States, 28 countries are Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) contributors as of May 31, 2006: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Fiji is participating as part of the UN mission in Iraq. Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, and Turkey are NATO countries supporting Iraqi stability operations but are not part of MNF-I.

NON-U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN IRAQ: United Kingdom, 8,000 as of May 26, 2006; South Korea, 3,237 as of May 9, 2006; Italy, 2,900 as of April 27, 2006; Poland, 900 as of May 30, 2006; Australia, 900 as of March 28, 2006; Georgia, 900 as of March 24, 2006; Romania, 860 as of April 27, 2006; Japan, 600 as of May 30, 2006; Denmark, 530 as of May 23, 2006; All others, 1,140.

(Source: The Washington-based Brooking Institution’s Iraq Index of June 15, 2006)

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