08TBILISI2440, GEORGIA: 2008 COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM

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08TBILISI2440 2008-12-23 05:17 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0009
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #2440 3580517
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 230517Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0615
INFO RUEILB/NCTC WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS TBILISI 002440 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR S/CT: RHONDA SHORE AND NCTC 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PTER ACEC
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: 2008 COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM 
 
REF: STATE 120019 
 
1.  (U)  BEGIN TEXT. 
Georgia has granted blanket over flight clearance to all U.S. 
military aircraft engaged in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. 
Georgia contributed over 2,000 troops to counterterrorism efforts in 
Iraq and became a contributing nation to the International Security 
Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.   However, Georgia withdrew 
its troops from Iraq during the August war with Russia to provide 
for homeland defense. 
The Georgian government continues to improve border security 
operations and worked to eliminate corruption at border checkpoints, 
focusing its efforts on stopping the smuggling of contraband, 
including money, illegal drugs, and all types of weapons (chemical, 
nuclear and biological) that could support terrorism. Therewere 
significant improvements in infrastructure at the major border 
crossing checkpoints: through DOE's Second Line of Defense Program 
(SLD) a border crossing at Tsodna/Lagodekhi (on the border with 
Azerbaijan) was completed.   Seven remote border posts are in the 
final stages of completion which will limit illegal crossings on the 
Azeri-Georgian border.  In 2008, sixty-one portal monitors have been 
or are being installed at various sites throughout the country to 
detect radioactive material and devices.  At 15 border checkpoints, 
Passive Infrared Sensors have been installed.  The SLD program has 
trained individuals in the Georgian Border Police, Customs, and the 
Institute of Physics, enhancing the Government of Georgia's 
radioactive material detection capabilities.  The Department of 
Justice conducted a bulk cash smuggling seminar with the Office of 
Prosecutor General, Border Police, Ministry of Interior, and 
Customs. 
Border crossings into Russia from the separatist regions of Abkhazia 
and South Ossetia continue, but were not under the control of the 
Government of Georgia. This situation allowed for the unrestricted 
and unidentified flow of people, goods, and other items from Russia 
into these regions.  Since the August 2008 conflict, the 
Administrative Boundary Lines between Georgia and the conflict 
regions are heavily militarized and movements across the boundary 
are controlled, although no formal customs checks or procedures 
exist. 
 
END TEXT. 
 
TEFFT

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