Russia and Georgia at War
Russia sent its troops into South Ossetia, a day after Georgian forces were sent in to seize the region. South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia after a 1992 civil war. Around 1,400 people had been killed by the aerial bombardment of The South Ossetia capital of Tskhinvali by Georgian air force. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Georgian forces were engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Georgia, a U.S. ally against war against terrorism, has about 2,000 troops in Iraq. It is the third-largest contributor to coalition forces after the United States and Britain.
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