08ASTANA392, SURVEY OF IRAQ DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

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08ASTANA392 2008-02-28 06:34 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Astana

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #0392 0590634
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 280634Z FEB 08 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1856
INFO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0026
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY 0093
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY 0138

S E C R E T ASTANA 000392 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, NEA, AND PM 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/28/2028 
TAGS: PREL MARR MOPS IZ KZ
SUBJECT: SURVEY OF IRAQ DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS 
 
REF: STATE 4865 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN ORDWAY FOR REASONS 1.4(B) AND (D) 
 
1. (S) Summary:  Kazakhstani officials have stated 
consistently that Kazakhstani troops will stay in Iraq the 
duration of coalition engagement. The absence of Chapter VII 
UNSCR authority will not affect Kazakhstan's Iraq strategy. 
Kazakhstan's committment in Iraq is based on political 
considerations made by top leadership and, with their 
support, a decision to remain in Iraq will not meet serious 
domestic opposition or legislative delay.  End Summary 
 
2. (S) Kazakhstani officials continue to indicate that 
Kazakhstan troops will remain in Iraq beyond 2008.  On 
February 25. MFA Americas Director Talgat Kaliyev told DCM 
that Kazakhstani troops will stay in Iraq as long as a U.S. - 
led international coalition remains there and offered no 
other necessary conditions.  At a February 22 Ministry of 
Defense briefing for chiefs of mission and military attaches 
from over 20 countries, Kazakhstani military officials 
prominently mentioned their Iraqi participation and gave no 
suggestion of plans for withdrawal. 
 
3. (S) Kazakhstan's Iraq involvement has not led to serious 
domestic protest.  Iraq was not a significant theme in last 
year's parliamentary elections, nor has it been a leading 
theme of recent political debate.  As a result, if 
Kazakhstan's top leadership decides to extend Kazakhstan's 
Iraq deployment beyond the expiration of Chapter VII UNSCR 
authority, they will not experience serious public outcry or 
political obstacle. 
 
4. (S) Comment: Kazakhstani officials give every indication 
that they intend to maintain a Kazakhstani presence in Iraq. 
Nevertheless, the chances for a continued commitment in Iraq 
will be further strengthened if the U.S. helps to ensure that 
the Kazakhstani contingent remains subordinate to U.S. 
commanders, increases funding for equipment and training for 
Kazakhstani soldiers in Iraq, and maintains U.S. support for 
other bilateral military cooperation programs.  End Comment. 
MINMIZE CONSIDERED. 
ORDWAY

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