Poland to send 1,000 additional troops to Afghanistan

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The Polish defense minister said on Wednesday Poland will send 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

The Polish defense minister said on Wednesday Poland will send 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

"The strategy of Polish [military] presence in Afghanistan stipulates the expansion of the Polish contingent in the country," Bogdan Klich said, adding the contingent would be expanded to 3,000 troops.

Currently, there are 2,000 Polish troops deployed in Afghanistan. Fifteen Polish soldiers have died and more than 100 have been wounded since Poland sent its troops to fight Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in the country in 2002.

On Tuesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama said in his address to the nation the U.S. would send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan in the first part of 2010.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after Obama's speech that he expected the other 42 troop-contributing nations to deploy an extra 5,000 soldiers to Afghanistan.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and a separate U.S.-led coalition, involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, have a total of 112,000 troops in Afghanistan.

The U.S., which has so far contributed the largest number of troops, has some 68,000 troops there, and the number will increase to 98,000 when the new troops are deployed.

WARSAW, December 2 (RIA Novosti) 

 

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