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New Zealand military sends more troops to Iraq

A fourth group of New Zealand troops are being sent to Iraq in November, in a joint operation with the Australian military.



The soldiers from 106 New Zealand Defence Force will join up with the Australian Defence Force for two weeks of training, before being sent to the Middle East.

They will be based at Camp Taji, the fourth rotation in this joint task force aimed at improving relations with, and training, the Iraqi Security Forces.

Chief of Army Major-General Peter Kelly said upon the soldiers’ departure to Australia for training: “Our soldiers are well-prepared, professional and dedicated.

“Most importantly, they have empathy, which is important when you are trying to build the confidence of soldiers.”

This deal with the Iraqi government, to train their soldiers, extends until November 2018, and started in May last year.