4/12/2005

"You forgot Poland!!"

From the BBC:
Poland has said it will pull its troops out of Iraq when the UN mandate for the stabilisation mission expires at the end of this year. Poland has 1,700 soldiers in Iraq, and leads a multinational security force south of Baghdad. Polish Defence Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski said the troops' mission would end "at the time of the expiry of the Security Council's mandate".
Several other US allies have also set dates for their troops to pull out.
Italy, with just over 3,000 troops in Iraq, has said it wants to pull its contingent out as soon as possible.
The Netherlands (about 800 troops) and Ukraine (1,600 troops) have begun phased withdrawals of their contingents.
The last Ukrainian troops are due to leave by mid-October.
Bulgaria (about 500 troops) also wants to pull its troops out this year.

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