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Poland to send more troops to Afghanistan: report

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Grzegorz Siwicki 15.09.2017 17:19
Poland’s Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz is flying to the United States next week for talks at the Pentagon about issues including a plan to send more Polish soldiers to Afghanistan, according to a report.
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The news has been confirmed by Macierewicz’s deputy Tomasz Szatkowski, according to the report by Poland’s Onet online news service.

In August, US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, launching a diplomatic offensive to persuade allies to send more troops to that country.

A meeting focusing on Afghanistan was held in Warsaw last month between Polish Defence Ministry officials and a delegation of US Congressmen.

Szatkowski has told Onet that Poland should be “guided by allied solidarity” because "the Americans are with us in Poland and throughout NATO's eastern flank, thus enhancing our security."

However, "we must also take into account the overall level of Polish involvement in other theatres," he said.

About 200 soldiers from various military units in Poland are currently in Afghanistan in what is the sixth round of the Polish military contingent as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support training and advisory mission.

The first Polish soldiers arrived in Afghanistan in March 2002 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (gs/pk)

Source: wiadomosci.onet.pl

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