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Iraq: First Polish Troops To Join Stabilization Force

Warsaw, 2 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- An advance group of Polish soldiers heads to Iraq today to prepare ground for Poland to command an international force in one of the postwar zones being set up to stabilize the country. Prime Minister Leszek Miller is to dispatch the group -- consisting of a logistics unit and a team of officers -- at a ceremony in the western city of Wroclaw.

The troops, flown by U.S. transport planes, are to land in Kuwait and then move to Iraq by land.

The Polish-led stabilization force is to be operational by September. It will consist of more than 9,000 troops from at least 15 nations. The largest contingents are to be from Spain and Ukraine.