Poland to send F-16 jets, soldiers to fight ISIL

Poland on Wednesday (June 15th) said it plans to send F-16 fighter jets plus 210 soldiers and military personnel to Iraq and Kuwait to join the coalition fighting the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), AFP reported.

Up to 60 members of the special forces will be sent to Iraq, while 150 soldiers and military personnel will head to Kuwait, according to Poland's top security official Pawel Soloch.

"There will also be support elements in other countries in the region," the National Security Bureau chief said, quoted by the Polish news agency PAP.

He did not specify a timeline for the plan, which still needs to be approved by President Andrzej Duda.

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, however, said Wednesday that he hoped four F-16 jets would land at NATO bases in the Middle East before the alliance's July summit in Warsaw.

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