Here’s a page on the Combined Joint Task Force 7 site listing the other nations who have contributed troops.
At this time, 35 countries, in addition to the United States, have contributed a total of approximately 22,000 troops to ongoing stability operations in Iraq. These 34 are Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Thailand, the Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
(Emphasis mine.) What’s with the inconsistency? “35 countries, in addition to the United States” becomes “These 34 are”?
The problem, of course, is Canada. (No, I didn’t mean it that way!) But someone tossed them on the list when it just isn’t true. You’ll notice that they aren’t in the lists below to click on to get details.
Canada is in Afghanistan, and from what I gather the Canadians there are doing a fine job. But they aren’t in Iraq, and I don’t expect them soon. First, because although tensions may be softening slightly, they remain pretty solidly opposed to our operations there. Secondly, the Canadian military has pretty much atrophied and with troops in Afghanistan they don’t have a whole lot left to offer.
I’ve said before that we need to work our differences out with them. If that means compromising on some issues (gasp!) I think we need to do what we need to do. I’d be much more willing to work with Canada than France, for instance. Or even Germany. And the fact that we share the continent with Canada means that if we don’t compromise with them (and Mexico), we may be compromising ourselves.
For a number of pictures of the memorial services for the Canadian soldier killed earlier in the week in Afghanistan, and the suicide attack that took place during the service, check out the January 27 and 28 Army Times photo galleries.