Sunday, July 25, 2004

Sudan/Darfur: UK could send 5,000 soldiers

"If need be, we will be able to go to Sudan," [Chief of the General Staff, General Michael] Jackson said in an interview with BBC News 24 [on Friday]. "I suspect we could put a brigade together very quickly indeed."

Asked how many troops that would entail, he replied: "Five thousand." (source)
On Thursday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair had confirmed that military involvement in Sudan was an option but said the government was "not at that stage yet". His comment was in response to a report in Thursday's Guardian that the government was drawing up plans to send troops to Sudan.