NPR's Tom Gjelten reports that the Pentagon confirms some U.S. forces are already in northern Iraq, and 21 countries have already volunteered full access to their territory in the event of war. Although only four other countries have publicly agreed to send troops, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told a congressional committee Thursday that more countries have committed privately to sending troops. Jordan reportedly has agreed to allow a limited number of American commandos to operate on its soil, mainly for search and rescue missions.
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