Polish Maj. Gen. Piotr Czerwinski took over leadership of the inernational coalition force in Iraq for Poland's final tour of duty there.
Czerwinski assumed control from Maj. Gen. Waldemar Skrzypczak in a ceremony attended by Poland's Prime Minister, Defense Minister and Foreign Minister at the Polish-led force's headquarters in the city of Diwaniyah. U.S. commander of coalition forces, Gen. George W. Casey and Iraqi local leaders also attended.
Poland, a staunch U.S. ally, participated in the invasion of Iraq and has commanded a multinational force there since September 2003. Poland's own 1,500 troops serving in the force are to be pulled out in early 2006. A small group of officers is expected to stay on to train the Iraqi military, the AP reports.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities