Skip to comments.TONGANS JOIN I MEF FORCES IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
Posted on 07/04/2004 6:37:01 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
TONGANS JOIN I MEF FORCES IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Approximately 45 Royal Marines from the Kingdom of Tonga have arrived in Iraq to augment the I Marine Expeditionary Force in the Al Anbar Province, marking the first peacekeeping deployment for the Tongan Defense Service outside of the South Pacific.
"The 1st Marine Division welcomes the addition of the Tongan Royal Marines to our forces," said Col. Stephen Baker, the commanding officer of Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division -- the unit the Tongans will be augmenting. "We are thankful for their country's commitment to help us bring security and stability to the Iraqis in the Al Anbar Province and we look forward to working with them."
The Royal Marines are members of a ready reaction force and will augment existing security for the 1st Marine Division Headquarters at Camp Blue Diamond Main. The duration of their deployment is unknown at this time.
Tonga decided to join in the fight against global terrorism June 15.
Seeing some in rugby action, they're HUGE.
For a country of only 100,000 this is a big committment. France, Germany, Russia -- What's your problem?
I'm in Tonga, but FR doesn't have a flag for it. Lots of stuff going on here. A good source for info is:
And they only joined the coalition TWO WEEKS AGO and they already have troops in country!! Outstanding!! Thank you Tonga!!
Tongans eat dogs. Some people considere that almost as bad.
Now if it could only be put on the location list.
What are you doing in Tonga? I lived in Nadi, Fiji for 3 years when I was a kid.
Trying to move freight. Sadly, nothing moves quickly here with 'island time.'
I think that explains it all.!!!!!
Ive read that Bali operates on a concept of "rubber time".
| The fact that there are headhunters in country won't shock terrorists much but the cannibalism thing might give em pause.
That's what I was wondering. I don't know what they do for fun in Tonga, but if I was al Q'aeda, I don't think I'd behead one of them until I found out.
Just announce that the cannibals will serve as cooks for coalition troops.
The Tongans would be great as cooks. They really know how to put on a spread.
The Tongans would be great as cooks.
I got a feeling Royal Marines have other ideas.
This is great! Who needs the wimps of germany and the ever effeminate french?
How far is that from Samoa?
Not only that but I do believe PIGS are highly esteemed creatures in those islands!;)
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