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Rumsfeld Urges More Asia Involvement in Terror War

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pressed Asia Saturday to become more engaged in the war on terror, pledging closer security ties and military support from Washington. Speaking to Asian defense ministers meeting in the wealthy island state of Singapore, Rumsfeld stopped short of requesting specific commitments on troops for the war in Iraq, saying every nation must find its own level of support. He denied that Washington was pressuring its Asian allies to support the coalition in Iraq despite widespread opposition from people in the street across the region. “We do not go around putting pressure, and I hope other countries don’t, either, on countries to do something that is against their interests,” Rumsfeld told the forum of defense officers and academics from about 20 Asian nations. Full Story

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