(AP) -- About 20 Illinois Army National Guard soldiers who've spent much of
this year in Afghanistan
embedded with Polish troops are expected to return home this week.
The National Guard says the troops from the
Bilateral Embedded Staff Team will be honored at a ceremony Thursday at Camp Lincoln
The team was part of a task force of 3,000
troops that also included other Americans and Ukrainians. They were assigned to
patrol roads between Kabul and Kandahar.
The National Guard troops were mobilized in
January and trained in Indiana and Poland before going to Afghanistan.
The soldiers are from across Illinois.