Polish PM says to press allies to end Afghan mission


From Reuters:  Poland will press its NATO allies to draw up plans to end their mission in Afghanistan as soon as possible, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Saturday after the country’s seventeenth soldier died there.

Poland has 2,600 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission that is about to peak at 150,000. Public support for the deployment has eroded because of the deaths of Polish soldiers and a resurgence of the Taliban.

 "Poland will push its NATO allies at a meeting in Lisbon to jointly come up with a relatively quick and precise plan for ending this intervention (in Afghanistan)," said Tusk.

 "Poland is not in a position to break NATO solidarity … but we are sufficiently involved in Afghanistan to take advantage of the right to discuss ending this mission as soon as possible," he said.  (photo: Reuters)

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