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Olympics: U.S. Troops in Athens Security Drill

U.S and Greek troops plan to stage joint exercises in Greece from March as part of security preparations for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Greece said on Monday. But Greek Defense Minister Yannos Papandoniou said while NATO and NATO member states will be on high alert during the Games, only Greek troops will be deployed in the country. “NATO…will be ready to intervene if a crisis erupts. NATO and NATO members will be on a high state of alert,” while not actually being physically on Greek soil, he told reporters. The government has repeatedly had to allay fears among Greeks, sensitive to outside interference in domestic issues, that foreign security forces would be allowed to operate in the country during the August 13-29 Games. Full Story

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