Poland cancels training within NATO mission in Iraq

Polish soldiers in Iraq have suspended training of Iraqi forces for security reasons, Poland's Armed Forces Operational Command said on Saturday in the wake of serious concerns over the region's stability after a US air strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general.

NATO's mission, in which the Polish military contingent participates, is ongoing, Major Adriana Wołyńska from the Operational Command told PAP, adding that all necessary precautions have been taken and the situation in the region is being monitored in order to secure the safety of Polish personnel stationed in Iraq.

The Polish military contingent in the region is composed of up to 350 soldiers stationed in Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. Polish special-forces troops have been training Iraqi soldiers as part of the coalition fighting against the Islamic state. Poles do not take part in combat missions.