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Poland suspends Iraq embassy over security concerns

Arab World Materials 9 September 2014 17:14 (UTC +04:00)
Poland Tuesday temporarily closed its embassy in Baghdad over security concerns in Iraq, which has been plagued by militant ISIS jihadists
Poland suspends Iraq embassy over security concerns

Poland Tuesday temporarily closed its embassy in Baghdad over security concerns in Iraq, which has been plagued by militant ISIS jihadists, AFP reported.

"Following the worsening of the security situation in Iraq, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has decided to temporarily suspend the activities of the Polish embassy in Baghdad as of September 9," the ministry said in a statement.

It added that its consular agency in Iraq's Irbil - the seat of the Kurdish regional government - would remain open.

Poland is among the 10 countries that took part in a NATO summit meeting last Friday designed to establish a coalition against the radical ISIS, which has overrun the region.

But the EU member has ruled out the participation of its soldiers in ground operations.

ISIS jihadists, said by U.S. officials to be about 10,000-strong, have captured swath of territory straddling northern Iraq and southern Syria with lightning speed.

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