Polish soldier killed in Afghanistan

09:07, June 03, 2011      

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A Polish senior corporal was killed and two soldiers wounded Thursday morning in a rebel ambush on a Polish patrol near the ISAF base Giro in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, local media reported, quoting Polish military spokesmen in Afghanistan.

The senior corporal, Jaroslaw Mackowiak, died in a Ghazni field hospital where all three men were transported after the incident. The two other soldiers suffered minor wounds, but have been hospitalized.

The Polish ISAF (the International Security Assistance Force) counts 2,600 soldiers. Furthermore, a 400-man reserve is stationed in Poland. Within the operation, Polish soldiers help maintain security in the province Ghazni and train local security forces.

Since the start of the Afghanistan operation in 2002, Poland has lost 26 soldiers and a paramedic.

Poland reportedly will start to reduce its contingent in Afghanistan at the end of 2011 and completely withdraw from that country in 2014.

Source: Xinhua
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