Polish Prime Minister-designate Donald Tusk said his future government would seek to end the nation’s military mission in Iraq next year, according to an interview published Wednesday.
Poland, a staunch U.S. ally, sent combat troops to the 2003 war in Iraq and still has some 900 soldiers stationed in the southeast, despite public displeasure with the mission. Polish troops now primarily train Iraqi forces and renovate schools and hospitals.
“We want to finish the mission in this form in 2008,” Tusk was quoted as saying by the daily Polska. He did not elaborate.
Tusk made pulling out of Iraq a top issue in his recent election campaign, in which his pro-European Union party, Civic Platform, ousted the socially conservative government of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is to resign Nov. 5.