Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has approved plans to send as many as 300 soldiers to assist in the international struggle against terrorism, in response to a request by the United States.
The president told reporters in Warsaw that Poland will deploy 80 special forces troops to be used on the ground, as well as anti-mine, anti-chemical, and anti-biological warfare units. He made the statement after a meeting with top government leaders. The military will send the troops to support the campaign in Afghanistan by January 10th. A Polish warship will also participate. The project will cost Poland some seven million dollars.
Poland, a NATO member since 1999, earlier said it will send troops if asked and is reported to have been sharing intelligence information with the United States.