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    Default Macedonian Contingent in Iraq

    Next in a series.

    Actually, it should be "contingents" - a replacement for Macedonia's first contingent is already on the ground. The Macedonian contribution is primarily a platoon-sized element of special operations forces, along with some specialists in EOD and the like.

    Pre-deployment training:








    Final Preparations and Goodbyes:











    In-country:








    I believe this is the return of the first contingent (note the US 4th Infantry Division combat patches on the right shoulder):







    A smaller picture from the return of the first contingent:

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    badass...

    Not often do i see front-line infantry carrying MP-5's.

    Also, their uniforms look similar to ours.

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    They are not infantry; they are members of a Macedonian special operations unit known as the "Wolves".

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    why the fourth infantry patches on their shoulders?

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    Did we train them at all? How about interoperability with US forces?

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    Presumably, having been attached to 4ID while in Iraq, they were given them as an indicator of combat service with that unit. They are wearing the patch as a US Army soldier would wear a combat patch. Why the ARM (Macedonian armed forces) lets them wear them, I don't know. Probably for the same reason the 82nd Airborne wears the French Croix de Guerre fourragere as a unit citation and that Legion unit (sorry, can't remember which one) wears the US Presidential Unit Citation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave the Dawg
    that Legion unit (sorry, can't remember which one) wears the US Presidential Unit Citation.
    2e REP, I believe.

    Also, one of the Macedonian officers is US airborne- and Special Forces-tabbed.


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    Sorry about this, but what is Macedonia, and where is it?

    Those troopers look badass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PT
    Sorry about this, but what is Macedonia, and where is it?
    Americans!



    The real name of this country is The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and well... it's country in Southeastern Europe (between Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia and Greece), one of the states created after Yugoslavia collapsed.


    More: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/...k/geos/mk.html, also origin of the strange coutry name.

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    Sorry mate, i remember now. My mate is from there.. haha.

    And im not American

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    Quote Originally Posted by PT
    And im not American
    Australians(*)! (well, I'm flexible)

    (*) - the phrase "Americans!" said in a very specific way came from movie The Mummy, with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz

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    hahaha, i spoke to an American who did'nt know Australians went to Iraq and Vietnam

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    Quote Originally Posted by PT
    hahaha, i spoke to an American who did'nt know Australians went to Iraq and Vietnam
    well one of my friends in US was sure that czechoslovakia stil exist and poland is part of yugoslavia another guy was sure that poland is somewhere in Oregon and other one even asked me how long it take to travel by car to Poland and when I answered that it's on the other side of atlantic his next questionn was ok anf if I drive around atlantic how long it would be...... nothing more to add , maybe only one more thing when I said that just as a joke that I am from Moscow everybody answered: Yeahhh I know where it is, near Warsaw... after couple of weeks I realized that in Pennnsylvania where I worked, there is a smal city caled Moscow near a bigger city called Warsaw

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    czechoslovakia dosnt exist?

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    on the first of jan 1993 it split into the czech republic and slovakia. you're only 11 years out of date

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