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Afghan force

Afghan force. The 132 soldiers of the Greek contingent destined to join the British-led international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan said goodbye to family and friends yesterday in a ceremony at the Hatziioannou military base near Kilkis, northern Greece. They await orders on Monday for their imminent deployment to a base just outside Kabul – in an area controlled by the Northern Alliance. Greece is also providing two C-130 military transport planes to the peacekeeping force. The feeling today is that America is at its apogee. It is the undisputed, single superpower, able to muster military force and electronic surveillance mechanisms that no one could have dreamed of a decade or two ago. It has come to the point where a pilot seated in a base in America can maneuver an unmanned plane a world away over Afghanistan to hit specific targets and then go home for dinner. America can do all this by itself. It does not need the help of any of its allies, let alone the smaller countries in NATO.