Polish troops end mission in Iraq
www.chinaview.cn 2008-10-04 22:09:31   Print

    BAGHDAD, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Polish troops marked on Saturday the end of their mission in Iraq with a formal ceremony in their main base in the province of Diwaniyah in south of Baghdad.

    In the ceremony, held in Camp Echo military base, top U.S. commander in Iraq General Ray Odierno told reporters that the timing of Polish troops withdrawal was "good."

    "We will be sending some troops to this place but not as much as before," he added, without giving further details.

    Poland will pull its 900 troops out of the country by the end of this month.

    U.S. military data show that up to 10,500 polish soldiers have been deployed in Diwaniyah and its surroundings since 2003.

    U.S.-led multinational forces in Iraq handed over security control of the province to Iraqi forces in July.

    Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who came to power in October 2007, pledged a quick withdrawal from Iraq during his election campaign.     

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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