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Armenia to Join Polish-led Troops in Iraq
VOA News
06 Sep 2004, 16:29 UTC

Armenian military officials say their country will send 50 troops to Iraq to join a Polish-led multinational force patrolling the country's central and southern regions.

The troops will be deployed under a security cooperation agreement signed Monday in Warsaw by visiting Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.

Poland's defense minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski says Armenia is planning to send specialists in logistics, bomb disposal experts and doctors in late November or early December.

Poland commands a 6,500-strong multinational contingent in Iraq. It has been one of Washington's staunchest allies, providing 2,500 of its own soldiers for the force.

The French news agency reports that both presidents, at a joint news conference, expressed their sadness and solidarity with Russia over the school hostage tragedy.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.

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