First, about how we see our participation in Afghanistan: we are not withdrawing troops right now. We concentrate all our operations in the province of Ghazni, which is south of Kabul, north of Kandahar. And, as I mentioned, we have 2,600 in country, and we will keep this number probably 'til October of this year. We are just rotating our troops in Afghanistan, every six months.
So the next rotation is exactly the same as the current one. Probably we will go down to 1,800 from November of this year, for another year. And of course we will be analyzing the situation there, together with our NATO and ISAF colleagues. So eventually we will decrease to roughly 1,000 in 2014. But this number is based on the readiness of Afghan forces to take over responsibilities in the province of Ghazni.
We have three Afghan battalions under our training. We hope that in a year these three battalions will be fully operational and able to conduct all kinds of missions. Also, we are training Afghan police, and there are different kinds of Afghan police. We have involvement with all of them, from the local police to a kind of state police, narcotic police, riot police. There are several units of Afghan police. So we look at it as a very complex issue.
And also we are developing civilian assistance. We are doing this together with American PRT (Physical Readiness Training). And we are basically spending thirty-four million Polish zloty, which is roughly ten or twelve million U.S. dollars, on the civilian projects. We have chosen some areas as priority areas. For example, one such priority is building the capacity of the Afghan civil administration, so we are bringing them to Poland and organizing for them some training concerning the local self-government level. This would be equivalent to your county, for example. So they spend, let’s say, three weeks somewhere in Polish countryside, analyzing how we work. I understand it’s very difficult to transmit the experience, but this is just to show them how the system works.