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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!;)
I think about 395 NM. Not enough distance for either of them ;)
Samoans and Tongans (Tonganese?) don't get along?
Well, there was a little matter of a war between Tonga and Samoa a long time ago. But of course things are all patched up now. But then I'm an expat in Tonga, so....
,,, so... it's a long way to anywhere in a rowboat now Royal Tongan Airlines are kaput. Boil up some taro for the rowboat's turbocharger!
oops, my post 24 was for you or anyone who might know
There have been some astronauts splash down in the area back when they were still doing that; I didn't know they were thinking of doing that in reverse out there.
I can't even discuss the RTA issue. My husband testified before the commission and freely offered help, but we're foreigners. As much as I want to go back to NZ, I'd prefer it not to be due to deportation!
If only more visitors to our country (USA) were as respectful....
Tonga didn't get the contract. It went to another Pacific island country, but my hubby and I can't remember which at the moment(it's that age thing.LOL).
Tonga changed it's constitution last year, limiting free speach. Anything spoken against the gov't can be considered sedition.
Oh, thanks for the clarification... are there other restrictions as well, for instance, religion? I became interested in the area because Samoa was in the news recently, and from what I read, Samoa is a very religious and Christian area.
Excellent. 45 Royal Marines. Thank you Tonga. Thats ninety more balls in Iraq than France has. :o)
Am I correct in thinking (after having read it) that the ruler of Tonga is a king who was something like 450 pounds, but he went on a diet and was a svelte 300 pounds?
Having no first hand knowledge, and never seeing anything more of him in person than his motorcade, I could not comment on that. (I've learned so much about diplomacy since being here. LOL. With so few expats, the only people to socialise with are foreign dignataries.)
From Flanders and Swann:
Oh, it's hard to say:
'Hoolima Kittiluca Cheecheechee'
But in Tonga that means:
If I ever have the money
Is to Tonga I shall go
For each lovely Tongan maiden there
Will gladly make a date
And by the time she's said
'Hoolima Kittiluca Cheecheechee'
It is usaully too late!
Fascinating answer--thank you very much for your firsthand insight.
I believe the official motto of American Samoa is "Samoa Muamua le Atua (In Samoa, God Is First.)"
,,, I vaguely recall that. If we've heard nothing and Tonga is persisting with a media blanket, I bet something's up! :)
,,, I'd like to be deported if Mr Helen Klark gets in for a third term here. I've got a EU passport, so I'd gladly go, even as cargo.
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