Saturday, September 03, 2005

Bosnian army sends mult-ethnic unit to Iraq

Came across an interesting story today from AFP, the French wire service:

"In a mess tent in a corner of a sprawling US military base near the central Iraqi town of Fallujah, deep wounds caused by a traumatic chapter in Europe's history are slowly being healed over a game of cards.

A platoon of Bosnian soldiers -- Muslims, Croats and Serbs, who were bitter enemies in a vicious sectarian war which ended 10 years ago -- play poker with each other after a hard day's work...

This multi-ethnic unit of ordnance experts from Bosnia's two ethnically-divided armies -- probably among the most war-hardened coalition contingents in the whole of Iraq -- is making history for Bosnia-Herzegovina...

It is the first time since the end of the 1992-95 war that soldiers from the country's two entities -- the Serbs' Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation -- have been merged into one unit.

Full story here.


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