The Middle Eastern country of Iraq has issued a request for assistance from New Zealand.
The request came late last week after a high level meeting between New Zealand and Iraq.
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ja’afari met his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully, Prime Minister John Key, and Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee.
Labour’s leader Andrew Little and foreign affairs spokesperson David Shearer also met with Dr al-Ja’afari.
At this stage it looks like New Zealand may deploy troops to help train Iraqi forces, with back-up from special forces.
The Government has repeatedly ruled out the troops having any combat role.