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US Asks for Polish Troop Participation in Afghanistan - 2001-11-22


Poland's defense minister, Jerzy Szmajdzinski, says the United States has asked for military support in its anti-terrorist campaign in Afghanistan.

Speaking in a Polish public radio interview, Mr. Smajdzinski did not say how many troops had been requested.

He said the final decision for deployment rests with President Aleksander Kwasniewski. Mr. Kwasniewski is expected to meet with Prime Minister Leszek Miller and other senior officials later today (Thursday) to discuss the deployment plans.

Poland, a NATO member since 1999, has said it will send troops if asked and reportedly has been sharing intelligence information with the United States.

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