Thursday, April 05, 2007

Poland's president says Iraq rebuilding mission may turn into 'offensive' mission

Above: A Polish army soldier warns his team members to stay back as he opens a weapons cache in Al Hamzah, Iraq

WARSAW, Poland: Poland's military mission in Iraq may take a more "offensive" character, the president said Thursday.

Polish military commanders in Iraq say their troops, which have been concentrating on rebuilding missions and security patrols, have come under increasing insurgent attacks.

"Our base has recently come under frequent fire, and as a result there may be a need to change the character (of the mission) to a more offensive one," President Lech Kaczynski said, adding that he was not considering sending more troops.

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