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France 24 | Troop mutiny now 'under control', Saakashvili says | France 24
Troops staged a mutiny on the eve of NATO military exercises, prompting the government to accuse Russia of backing a coup attempt. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says the situation is now "under control".

AFP - Georgian troops mutinied Tuesday on the eve of NATO exercises in the ex-Soviet republic, prompting the government to accuse Russia of backing an attempted coup, including a plan to kill the president.
   
President Mikheil Saakashvili said the situation was "under control" after an attempt at a "large-scale mutiny" and the defence ministry said it was in talks with the rebellious troops.
   
Defence Minister David Sikharulidze said troops of a tank battalion at the Mukhrovani base had launched a "rebellion," just as Georgia is due to host NATO exercises starting this week.

by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:55:34 PM EST
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