WARSAW, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. soldiers have taken over from Poles the operational supervision over a zone up to now controlled by the Multinational Division Centre-South, local media reported Wednesday.
The move is part of a process of withdrawing Polish troops from Iraq, according to Polish news agency PAP. At present there are some 600 soldiers remaining in Iraq. Polish soldiers are to definitively leave Iraq by the end of October,
Only a group of some 20 soldiers reportedly will remain in Iraq as part of the NATO's training team.
Majority of military hardware will be transported back to Poland, part of it is to be directed to Afghanistan and part is to be handed over to Iraqi aid organizations.
Polish troops were sent to Iraq in 2003. During the mission almost 30 Poles lost their life, including 22 soldiers.