Poland will send at least 900 more troops to Afghanistan by early next year, the defense minister announced.
Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in Washington Wednesday that, "as of February next year, over 1,000 Polish soldiers are going to be serving in Afghanistan."
A NATO official said the Polish deployment was routine and had been arranged before the alliance's urgent appeal for an additional 2,500 troops to bolster forces in embattled southern Afghanistan.
The additional Polish forces are part of a mechanized battalion that will be stationed at the Bagram air base, where Poland already has 100 soldiers, Sikorski said.
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