Eastern Europe tightens security as war begins

  • 2003-03-27
PRAGUEAs hostilities heated up in Iraq, former communist East European states tightened security with most, but not all, voicing support for the U.S.-led war.The Czech government convened its national security council to discuss the war in Iraq as the NATO-member went on a heightened state of alert, officials said.Speaking on public television Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla said Czech units would not join in U.S.-led military operations because the action had been launched without a U.N. mandate.More than 400 Czech and Slovak anti-chemical specialists are deployed in Kuwait. Slovakia has th...
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