SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 31 July 2021, Saturday |

Poland withdrawing troops from Afghanistan end of June, says President Duda

President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday that Poland will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan at the end of June, bringing its two-decade presence in the country to an end.

NATO allies approved in April that foreign troops under NATO command will withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with a US pull-out by Sept. 11.

“At the end of June, after 20 years, we are ending our military involvement in the largest NATO operation in history,” Duda wrote on Twitter, adding that the first troops would return to Poland on Thursday night.

After withdrawing, the US and NATO plan to rely on Afghan military and police forces, which they have developed with billions of dollars in funding, to maintain security.