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New Zealand’s mission in Afghanistan stretched

New Zealand’s mission in Afghanistan stretched

Jun 12, 2018 - 08:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): New Zealand's military stay in Afghanistaninfo-icon within the framework of the NATOinfo-icon-led Resolute Support mission has been extended by three months, a media report says.

Eleven New Zealanders are currently serving in Afghanistan to help train local security forces alongside about 300 Australian soldiers.

According to NZTV, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday the mission had been extended to September 30 to consider broader issues in the region.

She told reporters: "This [extension] will allow us a little extra time to consider further advice on Afghanistan in light of other deployment decisions."

New Zealand troops have had a presence in Afghanistan since 2001, with more 3500 personnel having served there over almost two decades.

"We've gone for a three month extension rather than a one year rollover so we are able to make a number of related decisions over deployments in the Middle East," the premier said.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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