posted on Apr, 2 2003 @ 04:04 AM
When the Gulf War began, it was Polish special forces who spirited American diplomats out of Iraq. Since then, the Polish Embassy in Baghdad has had a
special section representing American interests in Iraq, as the two countries do not have diplomatic ties.
Polish special forces have carried out several successful missions in the ground campaign in Iraq "without any losses," Prime Minister Leszek Miller
said Monday. "Our troops are getting high praise," Miller said in a radio interview in Warsaw. Poland agreed to contribute up to 200 troops,
including a logistics vessel and a few dozen members of the elite GROM commando unit, who have been in the Persian Gulf region since last year to
support the U.S.-led war against terrorism. Last week, Warsaw sent a unit specializing in the aftermath of chemical warfare. Defense Ministry
officials refused to provide details about Polish troops' activities, citing security reasons.
In NATO, Poland may not be America's most important ally, but is certainly its most loyal one. Immediately after the terrorists acts against the
World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11, Warsaw organised an international antiterrorist conference, at which the US President was able
(by satellite link) to familiarize European politicians with America's position.