Military training deployment to Iraq
This week the Government has decided to deploy a non-combat military training mission to Iraq as part of our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Up to 143 New Zealand personnel will join the two-year mission, working behind the wire to train Iraqi Security Forces so they are better able to fight ISIL.
A training mission like this is not without danger, and our first objective is to keep our troops as safe as possible. That’s why we’ll be sending our own force protection to support these training activities.
Although this has been a very difficult decision, it is the right one.