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Greece Seeks NATO Troops For Olympics

The Greek government has asked NATO to consider dispatching a contingent of troops, possibly including U.S. forces, to help provide security at next month’s Olympic Games, top Pentagon officials said yesterday. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said NATO is studying the request at its headquarters in Brussels. They did not provide details of the request and declined to discuss any intelligence indicating that terrorists might be planning to target the Olympics in Athens. The United States has agreed to contribute 400 Special Forces soldiers to help protect the Games, the Associated Press quoted a U.S. counterterrorism official as saying. But it has not yet been decided whether the troops would be in Athens, on the nearby island of Crete or remain on alert in Europe, the news agency reported. Full Story

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