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US set to help rebuild Georgian army

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US set to help rebuild Georgian army


The US has already led efforts in providing humanitarian relief to those caught up in the Russia-Georgia conflict.

But it seems the help on offer will go way beyond that, with Washington expected to help rebuild the Georgian military.

Comments to that effect by a top US general visiting Tblisi have been enthusiastically taken up by the Georgian president.

Mikheil Saakashvili said: “We need to rebuild [the] military. We need to make them stronger. We need to have this country defend [itself]. We need new people trained and we need new equipment. And we will work very closely with the US to get all of this.”

General John Craddock says he will assess Georgia’s needs during his visit.

He told reporters the giving of military aid was likely because Georgia is a partner in the war against terrorism and has been helpful to the US.

Observers say Russia deliberately dealt a serious blow to Georgia’s military capacity.

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