The United States is beefing up its intelligence support for the Australian-led peacekeeping contingent in East Timor this week but is unlikely to offer significant additional troops, U.S. officials said today.
The officials traveling with Defense Secretary William S. Cohen for meetings here today with Australian defense officials on ways to increase U.S. support for the peacekeeping mission said the Pentagon sent seven more intelligence officials to Darwin, to assist Australian intelligence.
They also said Australia is now getting support from the U.S. Joint Intelligence Center in Hawaii. Another 27 Americans are being dispatched, apparently to Darwin, "in support of special intelligence requirements," the Pentagon said without elaborating.
In addition, a six-man special communications team from Hawaii is heading to the area to provide secure communications and unspecified "specialized intelligence capabilities."