Zap offers via email a remarkably thorough sleuthing job on who is in Iraq, where they're from, and how they got there...thanks for the work.
Knowing there's a less than dignified debate regarding the nature of Bush's coalition, I decided to research it myself. It was educational. I hope you see it the same way.
I started from these two links:
Noticing the differences in those breakdowns, I decided to corroborate and update by googling each coalition country a couple different ways. While I'm certain the compilation below is less than perfect, I think this is a reasonably accurate assessment of the current state of the coalition. Any errors are accidental. Actual numbers change on a daily basis.
I felt the necessity to include the contracted mercenaries in some numbers but not as a representative "country." They are now the second largest force in Iraq and growing while others are dwindling. Any coalition breakdown not including the mercenary presence is not telling the whole story and ignoring a key issue regarding this occupation.
I refer to them as mercenaries. If you prefer "contracted security," that's fine. I understand there's a legal issue pertaining to mercenaries, so it's best to call them security, but I'm tired of mendacity. They're heavily armed. They've been asked to tone it down. Some say they're looking for trouble. They even protect our troops. They've played vital roles in combat. By any
honest definition-- mercenaries. I'm not judging, just defining.
Total Coalition Countries: 35
Total Coalition Troops in Iraq: 162,785
Coalition + Contracted Mercenaries: 178,000 (estimated)
Non-US Troops: 27,785
Non-US and UK Troops: 16,785
While googling the coalition members, I picked up the point of interest tidbits provided in parantheses. Most of these countries are in very fluid situations.
United States Troops: 135,000
Contracted Mercenaries: 15,000+ (estimated and growing)
United Kingdom Troops: 11,000
Subtotal: 26,000 (estimated)
Italy 2,700 (Huge protests)
Poland 2,400 (Threatened to pull out, feels duped)
Ukraine 1,600 (already pulled out 20%, voting soon for complete withdrawal,
fought fierce battle at Kut and retreated)
Spain 1,300 (Huge protests, pulling out, offering Afghan matching)
Netherlands 1,100 (Huge protests)
Japan 1000 (Only in theatre since this Feb.)
Australia 850 (May pull out depending on elections)
South Korea 700 (plans additional 3600)
Romania 700 (non-combat only, staying the course)
Denmark 500 (Staying the course)
Bulgaria 480 (Huge protests, promising to stay)
Thailand 443 (pulling out 9-30 or sooner)
Honduras 370 (announced pull-out this summer)
El Salvador 360 (staying the course, fought bravely losing 4 in Najaf)
Georgia 300 (Brisk troop rotation and promising 500 more)
Hungary 300 (staying the course thru 04, then evaluating)
Latvia 175 (enthusiastically rotating troops and supporting efforts)
Mongolia 173 (staying the course... li'l controversy)
Azerbaijan 151 (Muslims... staying the course)
Dominican Republic 150 (sent 150 home, others committed thru 04)
Norway 150 (huge protests, expected to pull out shortly after 6-30)
Portugal 128 (Vowing to stay course under huge protests)
Nicaragua 115 (recently announced could not afford to send more troops,
pulling out 08-04)
Lithuania 105 (Hanging in there but whining about the heat)
Slovakia 105 (Seem enthusiastic about this)
Philippines 96 (considering pulling out)
Czech Republic 80 (A very minor committment, but seemingly staying the
Albania 70 (nobody knows where they are)
New Zealand 60 (they're in they're out, they're in they're out)
Estonia 55 (sticking it out for Nato)
Kazakhstan 29 (Pulling out 5-30)
Macedonia 28 (proving committment to Nato)
Moldova 12 (Cut down from 48)
83% of the boots on the ground are US forces. The United Kingdom has provided more troops than the next seven largest contingents combined. That's UK 11,000. Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, and Japan all combined for 10,950. One article noted that only the UK has provided support in proportianate strength equal to that which the US has provided.
Tier 2, mercenaries and the UK, is 65% greater than tiers 3 and 4 combined. That's the next 16 largest contingents amounting to less than 2/3rds of the combined mercenary and UK forces. In fact, mercenaries alone will soon surpass all 16 nations in tiers 3 and 4 (if they haven't already).
The following is provided to compare the two Bush's coalitions:
The Allied coalition consisted of 34 countries, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Honduras, Italy, Kuwait, Morocco, The Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The U.S. had more than 500,000 troops in the Persian Gulf War, while the non-U.S. coalition forces equaled roughly 160,000, or 24 percent, of all forces. Here are some details about the forces in the Gulf:
The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated the cost of the Gulf War at $61 billion; however, other sources say that number could be as high as $71 billion. The operation was financed by more than $53 billion pledged bycountries around the world, most of which came from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States ($36 billion) and Germany and Japan ($16 billion). Some of the money pledged by countries such as Saudi Arabia was delivered in the form of in-kind services to troops, such as transportation and food.