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  • The factor shaping Polish- Iraqi relations in 2003-2008 was the participation of the Republic of Poland  in the stabilization mission. Poland successfully commanded the Multinational Division ( MND CS ), which was initially in charge of the provinces: Karbala, Najaf, Babil, Wasit and Qadisiyah. In the last phase of the military mission in Iraq our contingent supported the stabilization processes in the province of Qadisiyah only. Its main tasks included, among others, training Iraqi security forces, especially the 8th Division of the Iraqi Army, implementation of support programmes for local authorities and humanitarian programmes for the local population. Our soldiers have trained 30 000 members of Iraqi security forces, including 19 500 soldiers, 6 000 police officers and 4 500 border guards. Altogether 15 000 Polish soldiers took part in the Iraqi mission. The last rotation of the Polish Military Contingent returned to the homeland on 29th October 2008, thus ending the five- year mission of the Polish troops in Iraq.

    18 military experts stayed in Iraq from 2010 to the end of 2011 as part of the NATO Training Mission  ( NTMI ). They handled, among others, matters connected with the organization of training Iraqi officers abroad at the headquarters of the Mission in Baghdad, whereas at the military base of Al-Rustamiya outside Baghdad, where Iraqi military academies are located and where NATO specialists lectured, they were responsible for the security of the base and training an Iraqi guard battalion. The Polish troops left Iraq at the end of 2011 after the expiry of the Iraq-NATO contract.

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