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Coalition Of The Willing

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US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said 45 countries have agreed to be part of a Coalition of the Willing," but he wont reveal all the names and has not said what exactly the nations are willing to do.

Over 30 countries have been named, but the remaining 15 countries are not too hard to guess if the criteria for inclusion is a willing to support the US in their war effort.

Support seems to be classified as anything from the provision of troops, fly-over rights, basing rights, logistical support, expert knowledge, assistance with reconstruction efforts and basically just publicly supporting US foreign policy.

Britain and Australia are the only ones of the named countries that have provided any major military presence in the Gulf, with the US accounting for 85 per cent of the military effort.



The open list of the coalition countries

United Kingdom - attended the Azores summit with the US and Spain, will provide military support including about 45,000 troops.
Spain - attended the Azores summit with the US and the UK and is not sending troops into the conflict, but will deploy military personnel and equipment in a support capacity and offer warplanes to defend Turkey from an attack from neighbouring Iraq.
Australia - military support including about 2,000 troops.
Poland - military support including about 200 troops.
Albania - military support of about 70 troops for non-combat roles.
Romania - providing basing rights and has contributed 278 experts in landmine removal and chemical and biological decontamination.
Czech Republic - sending a chemical-biological warfare support unit.
Portugal - granted U.S. permission to use Lajes Field air base in the Azores Islands, a traditional eastern Atlantic refuelling stop.
Italy - not sending troops to the Gulf.
Turkey - is still negotiating the extent of its involvement in any war.
Japan - prepared only to provide post-conflict financial support for the reconstruction of Iraq.
South Korea - degree of support unknown.
Denmark - degree of support unknown.
Netherlands - degree of support unknown.
Hungary - degree of support unknown.
Estonia - extent of support is unclear, but may be seeking US financial or military support through Nato.
Latvia - extent of support is unclear, but may be seeking US financial or military support through Nato.
Lithuania - extent of support is unclear, but may be seeking US financial or military support through Nato.
Bulgaria - extent of support is unclear, but they may be seeking US financial or military support through Nato.
Slovakia - degree of support unknown.
Macedonia - degree of support unknown.
Azerbaijan - degree of support unknown.
Afghanistan - promise of support due to involvement in the war on terrorism.
Georgia - promise of support due to involvement in the war on terrorism.
Philippines - promise of support due to involvement in the war on terrorism.
Uzbekistan - promise of support due to involvement in the war on terrorism.
Colombia - prepared to be identified with the coalition due to US funding of the anti-drugs war.
El Salvador - prepared to be identified with the coalition due to US funding of the anti-drugs war.
Nicaragua - prepared to be identified with the coalition due to US funding of the anti-drugs war.
Eritrea - extent of support is unclear, but may be seeking US support in a boundary dispute with rival neighbour Ethiopia.
Ethiopia - extent of support is unclear, but may be seeking US support in a boundary dispute with rival neighbour Eritrea.
Iceland - degree of support unknown.
Singapore - degree of support unknown.


Unnamed countries which may be on the expanded list of the coalition include:

Bahrain - has made facilities available to the US military, and is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which agreed to help provide for the defence of Kuwait in the event of a new war with Iraq.
Kuwait - Around 300,000 U.S. and British troops are in the Kuwaiti desert in preparation for an invasion, and it is a members of the GCC.
Oman - has made facilities available to the US military, and is a members of the GCC.
Qatar - U.S. Central Command mobile headquarters at Camp As Sayliyah. Al-Udeid air base opened for in-flight refuelling squadron, F-15 fighter wing and maintenance hangars, and is a member of the GCC.
Saudi Arabia - has made facilities available to the US military, and is a members of the GCC.
United Arab Emirates - has made facilities available to the US military, and is a members of the GCC.
Jordan - U.S. troops are stationed in Jordan near the Iraqi border manning anti-missile batteries in case Iraq fires missiles at Israel.
Belgium - Allowed movement of troops and materiel from U.S. bases in Germany to port of Antwerp en route to the Persian Gulf; will allow overflights.
Croatia - Allowing refuelling stops by U.S. transport aircraft.
Egypt - Keeping Suez Canal open to U.S. and allied warships en route to gulf.
Greece - U.S. naval base in Crete serves U.S. 6th Fleet and supports Navy and Air Force intelligence-gathering planes. Allowing use of airspace under NATO and bilateral defence agreements, but will not send troops.
Germany - Ruled out any participation, but pledges unhindered use of airspace and access to U.S. and British bases in Germany.
Cyprus - degree of support unknown.
Israel - the main US ally in the Middle East.
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