Spain moves to lift limit on troops abroad

MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spain's defense minister says she will propose lifting a limit on how many troops the country can deploy overseas.

The limit now stands at 3,000 and Spain has reached it, with soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Bosnia and Chad.

Spain has 800 peacekeeping troops in the NATO force in Afghanistan and expects U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to ask for more after he takes office next year.

Defense Minister Carma Chacon says she will ask the cabinet not to renew the deployment limit when it comes up for review at the end of this month.

She told a parliamentary panel Wednesday she will propose that there be no numerical limit. The Spanish military has the logistical capability to deploy around 7,700 soldiers abroad.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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