Friday, October 01, 2004

Don't forget about Poland!

Poland planning pull-out of troops from Iraq
Derek Scally, in Warsaw

Poland is planning to withdraw its troops from Iraq in the coming months, dealing another blow to the US-led coalition forces there.

The revelation yesterday by a senior government adviser that Poland's 2,500 soldiers would leave Iraq comes just a day after the new Spanish Prime Minister, Mr José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, announced the pull-out of Spanish troops "as soon as possible".

A senior adviser to the Polish government confirmed to The Irish Times that Warsaw's decision had been influenced by the Spanish move. "Given the circumstances [in Iraq], we will probably diminish significantly the forces at the end of 2004," said Prof Tadeusz Iwinski, secretary of state for international affairs in the office of the prime minister.

By the way, this article was from April. But the general idea that Poland plans to remove most of its forces from Iraq within a few months is confirmed by this September article.

Poland To Withdraw More Troops: Defense Minister

Poland will hand over another part of the zone it administers in Iraq under a planned reduction of its forces next year, Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski said in an interview published Sept. 3.


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