- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Poland’s new conservative government plans to extend the country’s military activities in Iraq, reversing plans to withdraw the more than 1,400 Polish troops there over the coming months. Poland now plans to keep troops in Iraq through 2006, subject to the approval of President Lech Kaczynski.

Explaining the move, Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said the troops are needed to help train the new Iraqi security forces and to focus more on training than aiding the counterinsurgency.

The Polish troop extension counters a trend among coalition partners to seek to draw down their involvement in Iraq for domestic political reasons.

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