NATO suggests Poland prepare to resume Iraq operation - MoD

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The NATO command in Iraq has informed Poland about the need to prepare for a renewed training mission in Iraq, a Defence Ministry official informed the Senate (upper house) Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

Currently 268 Polish soldiers are stationed in Iraq on two NATO missions: a training programme and a US-led coalition against the Islamic State. Both operations have been temporarily suspended.

Piotr Pacholski from the Defence Ministry told the Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee that although the resumption of the operations has not yet been sealed, NATO commanders in Iraq have stressed the need for Poland to prepare for their reactivation.

Pacholski said there were no plans to withdraw the Polish forces currently in Iraq.