Adam Bennett

Adam is a political reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

27 NZ troops to stay on in Afghanistan

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visits troops in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010. Photo / Maggie Tait
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visits troops in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010. Photo / Maggie Tait

Twenty-seven New Zealand troops will stay on in Afghanistan for about a year following the withdrawal of the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team in April this year, Prime Minister John Key has announced.

Mr Key said the ongoing commitment to the Nato Isaf operation in Afghanistan would mostly comprise of "behind the wire" roles at Isaf headquarters in Kabul.

However, the ongoing commitment included three NZ SAS personnel in "planning and logistics" roles.

The Nato Isaf presence is expected to remain in Afghanistan until December next year but Mr Key said that timetable and the term of New Zealand's ongoing commitment could change depending on events.

Mr Key described the ongoing commitment as "a legacy contingent" which would "back up a decade of work" in Bamiyan province by the PRT and also to "honour'' the 10 NZDF personnel who had been killed during its decade-long deployment in Afghanistan.

- NZ Herald

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