Czech-Slovak unit starts monitoring situation in Kuwait

The joint Czech and Slovak anti-chemical, biological and nuclear battalion deployed in Kuwait has begun monitoring the chemical and radiation situation in the Kuwaiti capital in preparation for any retaliatory strike in the case of war against Iraq. Over the past two days the troops moved from their base at Camp Doha to strategic objects in the country, such as military bases and vital installations including the Kuwaiti oilfields. The joint battalion of about 400 Czech and 60 Slovak troops has a mandate to respond to attacks in 24 countries, including Israel and Turkey, as part of a task force with US and German troops. The Czech and Slovak parliaments have also given permission for the battalion to operate in Iraq.