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A Greek lieutenant colonel is flanked by other officers…

A Greek lieutenant colonel is flanked by other officers of a 24-member group of reconnaissance experts who arrived in Kabul yesterday to survey five sites identified as bases for the 4,500-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) that is to deploy in Afghanistan. The officers – nine from Germany, two each from Greece, France, Spain and Italy, and one each from the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Norway, Romania, Finland and Sweden – were to assess the needs of their troops. Greece is contributing 124 soldiers. According to the Athens News Agency, the 12-meter-long trunk is 1.6 meters in diameter and was discovered near the village of Sigri, inside the national park enclosing the extensive remains of the prehistoric forest, which is up to 20 million years old. Last December’s excavations revealed a 13.7-meter-long and 3.7-meter-wide tree.