New Zealand to withdraw its troop from Iraq, Afghanistan

Wellington: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday announced that New Zealand will withdraw its troops from Iraq by June next year and end a mission that helped train Iraqi defence forces to fight Islamic State militants.

New Zealand had deployed troops in Iraq in 2015, with 95 soldiers to support the multinational U.S.-led operation against Islamic State.

News 18 quoted Ardern as saying, “Over the next 12 months, New Zealand will be able to wind down and conclude that commitment.”

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Before wrapping up the mission by June 2020, troop numbers would be cut to a maximum of 75 from July and 45 from next January.

Besides Iraq, New Zealand will cut to 11 personnel, from 13, its deployment to a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, but troops would remain until December 2020, to support the training of Afghan army officers.

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