'Polish soldiers are playing an active part in military action in Iraq,' US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has told CNN journalists. According to the IAR news agency, soldiers from the elite Polish GROM regiment are playing an active part in battles with Iraqi forces.
Around 200 Polish soldiers are in the Persian Gulf region. They include the crew of the Ksawery Czernicki ship, GROM commandos, and 74 members of the 4th anti-chemical weapons regiment. The anti-chemical weapons regiment is deployed in Jordan.