For Immediate Release
February 4, 2004
[GS.org: This release is originally dated from March 27, 2003. It was updated on February 4, 2004. Costa Rica which has no army never was part of the coalition, even though the White House listed it as such. The Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled on September 8, 2004, that the inclusion of Costa Rica in that list violated its constitution. The Costa Rican Government, had signed a statement of support to the US on March 3, 2003, but only in support of the fight against terrorism, and not for an invasion of Iraq. It was expected following the ruling to formally ask that the White House remove it from the list.]
Who are the current coalition members?
President Bush is assembling a Coalition that has already begun military operations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, and enforce 17 UNSC resolutions.
The Coalition will also liberate the Iraqi people from one of the worst tyrants and most brutal regimes on earth.
Contributions from Coalition member nations range from: direct military participation, logistical and intelligence support, specialized chemical/biological response teams, over-flight rights, humanitarian and reconstruction aid, to political support.
Forty-nine countries are publicly committed to the Coalition, including:
This number is still growing, and it is no accident that many member nations of the Coalition recently escaped from the boot of a tyrant or have felt the scourge of terrorism. All Coalition member nations understand the threat Saddam Hussein's weapons pose to the world and the devastation his regime has wreaked on the Iraqi people.
- The population of Coalition countries is approximately 1.23 billion people.
- Coalition countries have a combined GDP of approximately $22 trillion.
- Every major race, religion, ethnicity in the world is represented.
- The Coalition includes nations from every continent on the globe.
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