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Generał broni Edward Pietrzyk (born 3 November 1949) is a Polish military officer, diplomat and general in the Polish Army. He is also a former commander-in-chief of the Polish Land Forces.

Edward Pietrzyk
Edward Pietrzyk.jpg
Gen. Pietrzyk receiving general's rank
Born (1949-11-03) 3 November 1949 (age 69)
Rawa Mazowiecka, Poland
Years of service1971–2006
RankGenerał broni
Other work
  • Polish ambassador to Iraq
  • Polish ambassador to DPRK

Early life and careerEdit

Pietrzyk was born in Rawa Mazowiecka in 1949. In 1971 he graduated from the Military University of Technology (WAT) of Warsaw, after which he served for six years in the 2nd Artillery Brigade. In 1978 he moved to Moscow, where he graduated from the local Military Academy of Artillery. In 1988 became the deputy commander of Polish artillery and rocket forces of the Warsaw Military Area. In 1990, Pietrzyk graduated from the General Staff Academy of the USSR and after two years of service as the deputy chief of operations of the General Staff, he became the chief of the Operational Command of the Polish General Staff. Between 1998 and 2000 he was the deputy commander of the Multinational Corps North East composed of forces of Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia. Between 2000 and September 2006 he has been the commander of the Land Forces of Poland. In 2000 he also graduated from the National War College, Washington D.C.

Between April 2007 and January 2010, Pietrzyk served as Polish ambassador to Iraq. From January 2010 till 2014, Pietrzyk has been serving as Poland's ambassador to North Korea.

2007 Baghdad incidentEdit

On 3 October 2007, he was wounded by a roadside bomb in a probable assassination attempt in Baghdad.[1] He was flown to a military hospital by a Blackwater Security helicopter.[2] Pietrzyk received burns to about 20 percent of his body, including his air passageways, and was held in an artificial coma to reduce the pain.[3] The United Nations Security Council convened a meeting to condemn this attack.[4][5]


  1. ^ Iraq blast wounds Polish ambassador Archived October 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Al Jazeera English
  2. ^ McClatchy Washington Bureau | 10/03/2007 | Blackwater flies injured Polish diplomat to hospital Archived 2008-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Poland's ambassador to Iraq in serious condition after assassination attempt in Baghdad". International Herald Tribune. 2007-10-06.
  4. ^ United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report 5754. S/PV/5754 5 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  5. ^ "Poland's Iraq envoy recovering after Baghdad attack". Reuters. 2007-10-07.