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Polish Troops to Join the Fight Against Taliban


On May 23 Polish Defense Minister Aleksander Szczyglo visited Kandahar to meet with the 1,300 highly-trained Polish troops that are set to join NATO forces in Afghanistan. The troops are completing drills to reach peak combat readiness and will formally begin their patrol mission in the southern and eastern regions of the country in early June. Polish General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, an adviser to the Afghan defense ministry in Kabul, expressed his absolute confidence in the soldiers.

On May 24, Poland announced that it will provide helicopters and heavy and light arms to enhance the capability of the Afghan armed forces after an agreement was signed by Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Defense Minister Szczyglo.Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Zahir Azimi explained that the arms and helicopters would be given to Afghanistan as a grant and Afghanistan, but did not confirm the number and type of helicopters and equipment.


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